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14 Amazing Health Benefits of Bananas + Nutritional Facts

Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.

Bill Gates

As Bill Gates mentions it, banana the fruit has a small shelf life. So, what makes this tropical fruit so popular all over the world. From what we could understand of our own culture, banana is a highly venerated plant/tree. Its leaves are used as eco-friendly plates, even as thrones for Gods. The banana flower is also a part of South-Indian cuisine. There are several benefits of banana on the health of an individual and hence, the fruit is a household item. It is so good, it is one of the few foods given to babies. Even the stem of the banana tree has a place in Indian cuisine. So, what makes banana so special? Let’s start by looking at exactly how nutritious a banana really is.

Banana: Nutritional Facts

Ideally, the benefits of banana would be explained to you before we jump into nutrition details. So, why are we breaking our own tradition? Because we realized that if the nutrition facts are mentioned upfront, it becomes easier for readers to understand what we are talking about when we refer to so elements while explaining the benefits. So, without much ado, here are the nutritious facts of 1 banana:

 NutritionValue%RDI NutritionValue%RDI
1.Calories105 KCal0.0518.Carbohydrates27 g0.09
2.Calcium5.9 mg0.0119.Vitamin C10.3 mg0.17
3.Vitamin B60.4 mg0.2220.Cholesterol00
4.Potassium422 mg0.1221.Choline11.6 mg
5.Fiber3 g0.1222.Riboflavin0.1 mg0.05
6.Manganese0.3 mg0.1623.Copper0.1 mg0.05
7.Protein1.3 g0.0324.Vitamin K0.6 mcg0.01
8.Iron0.3 mg0.0225.Selenium1.2 mcg0.02
9.Fat0.4 g0.0126.Magnesium31.9 mg0.08
10.OMEGA 3 Fatty Acids31.9 mg27.Fluoride2.6 mcg
11.Vitamin A75.5 IU0.0228.Thiamin00.02
13.Saturated Fat0.1 g0.0129.Sodium1.2 mg0
14.Vitamin E1.1 mg0.0130.Sugar14 g
15.OMEGA 6 Fatty Acids54.3 mg31.Niacin0.8 mg0.04
16.Zinc0.2 mg0.0132.Folate23.6 mcg0.06
17.Pantothenic Acid0.4 mg0.0433.Betaine0.1 mg

Health Benefits of Bananas:

Banana has often been dubbed as a superfood and for not any lack of reasons. It has several health benefits. Every bit of the banana tree is beneficial to your health. In this section, we have discussed the benefits of banana fruit, and in later sections, we will also discuss the health benefits of banana stem, banana peel and banana flower, along with some delicious recipes. So, put your seatbelts on and let’s dive into the wholesome goodness this common household fruit is, although, is a banana a fruit or a berry? Read on to find out!

1. Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

A banana is rich in dietary fiber, sugar as well as resistant starch. However, the fruit has a lower glycemic index with unripe banana having a glycemic index of 30 while, a completely ripened banana has a glycemic index of 60. The average glycemic index of banana is 51, which when coupled with the high fibers ensures that sugar is digested and absorbed slowly. This means that there won’t be any alarming spikes in blood sugar levels of individuals. However, it cannot be formally acclaimed that banana is beneficial for managing type II diabetes, raw banana or semi ripe banana may be an option but how a banana will affect the blood sugar levels in a diabetic person depends on the ripeness of the banana.

2. Heart Health:

If you really think back to all the instances of where you were watching your sports, you would notice that after a while, they would eat a banana. Thus, most of us know that banana is really rich in Potassium, how rich, you ask, a banana can supply for 9% of your Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI). It is known that Potassium balances the necessary electrolytes and prevents cramping, what even lesser people know is that Potassium helps regulate high blood pressure. This, in turn, reduces the risk of heart diseases, in fact, researchers have found that the risk reduction is a significant 27%. The icing on the cake is that bananas are also rich in magnesium which further contribute to heart health.

3. Prevention of Kidney Stones:

While bananas are a big no-no for Chronic Kidney Disease, it is a big yes for common urinary tract infections like kidney stones. Kidney stones are formed when too many minerals, most commonly excess calcium and oxalates are deposited in the kidney to form. A diet low in calcium and magnesium can result in painful kidney stones, however, a regular intake of bananas can help lower, even prevent the risk of developing kidney stones. Even if a patient is suffering from kidney stones, bananas can help manage symptoms, as well as support treatment.

4. Digestion:

A banana of medium size is a good ‘source for approximately 3 gms of dietary fiber which improves digestive health. Banana is rich in two types of fibers, known as i) Pectin and ii) Resistant Starch. Resistant starch reduces in amount as the banana ripens. Resistant starch also escapes the digestion process and travels through the digestive tract into the large intestine, where it becomes a good source of food for the good bacteria in the gut.

5. Erectile Dysfunction:

You read it right! Banana is rich in Potassium and potassium helps regulate blood flow so that it is optimum, reducing blood pressure in the process. This not only prevents development of heart diseases, but a good blood flow means that blood flows into the penis easily, leading to erection. The banana jokes now make a lot of sense!

6. Brain Health:

A banana is one of the ultimate brain foods. It is rich in various minerals which enhance cognition along with memory and mood. Vitamin B6 in banana helps in improving an individual’s cognitive function. In fact, in a study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers observed the cognitive thinking capabilities of 70 men aged between 54 years to 81 years. The researchers discovered that people with higher concentrations on vitamin B6 in their bodies performed better at the cognitive thinking tests.

While, vitamin B6 enhances cognition, the Magnesium present in a banana enhance brain function including concentration and memory by neutralizing the urea produced by the body in the process of breaking down proteins. Banana is also rich in amino acids which lead to the production of serotonin and dopamine which are the “happy” chemicals in the brain. This can help manage mood swings, and prevent the development of or aid recovery from Depression.

7. Eyes:

Bananas also contain vitamin A which is key in enhancing eye health. A daily of intake of bananas reduces the risk of night blindness and promotes eye health. Mashed banana can be applied on eyelids to reduce puffiness in the eyes.

8. Prevents Bowel Disturbance:

Bananas aid in regularising bowel movement, which makes a natural cure for piles. Bananas also help alleviate heartburn, neutralize acidity to prevent the formation of stomach ulcers, the potassium in bananas helps replenish the electrolyte balance in the event of diarrhea.  

9. Weight Loss:

Banana is a food product that easily makes you feel full on consumption. It reduces hunger pangs. The fibers in banana not only regulate bowel movement, they also enhance metabolism which aids in burning up excess fat, thereby helping the body maintain weight. It is however important to remember, that banana in itself may not be enough, if one is on a weight reduction or maintenance, adding a banana to the overall diet plan is more beneficial than blindly eating banana.

Related Read: 10+ Easy Home Remedies to Reduce Weight

10. Pregnancy:

Bananas help maintain the electrolyte balance of the body after morning sickness. They also help in maintaining blood pressure, support the work of the nervous system, boost immunity, prevent anxiety and depression, and promote the formation of red blood cells.

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11. Skin and Hair Care:

Banana is rich in vitamin B6 and C, which helps the skin in fighting off the negative effects of free radicals and keeping the skin younger, tighter and smoother. Banana pulp can also treat cracked heels, deal with pimples, remove warts and make the skin appear younger.

12. Menstrual Cramps:

Vitamin B6 aids in the regulation of blood glucose levels, which help with reducing the pain of menstrual cramps. Banana also helps increase blood hemoglobin levels as it is rich in iron too, easing anemia in the process.

13. Banana Benefits for Babies:

Bananas are one of the first few solid foods a baby is ever introduced to. It is suggested that a parent wait for at least 4-6 months before introducing the baby to solid food, but then why banana? Apart from being easy to mash and turned into semi-solid food, bananas are packed with wholesome goodness. The vitamin B6 present in bananas help with cognitive development of a baby’s brain, the magnesium and potassium help in the development of the brain and its various functions like memory. The fibers in banana help regulate bowel movement as well as the overall gut health of the baby. Bananas also aid the overall development of the child by providing the necessary carbs.

14. Helps Regulate Asthma:

In a study conducted by the Imperial College of London with over 2500 participants, it was revealed that children who ate only one banana per day were at a 34% less risk of developing respiratory disorders like wheezing and asthma. As it turns out, children with low fiber diet are more prone to suffering from breathing disorders, making researchers believe that it is the high fiber content of banana which makes it ideal for managing asthma.

Why is Banana a Berry?

Nature is full of surprises, which is why tomato is a fruit but treated as a vegetable. So, how do we decide, what a fruit is and by that definition, how is it divided into subcategories, which include berries?

Well, according to biologists, a fruit develops from the ovary of the flower and encases the seeds, protecting them as well as facilitating their further growth. Berries by definition are formed from one flower, which contains a single ovary and encases multiple seeds. This makes banana a berry, right along with tomato and avocado.

Surprisingly, strawberries and raspberries are formed by single flowers with multiple ovaries and hence are treated as aggregate fruits, not berries.

Next time you pick up a banana, remember you are eating a large berry.

Types of Banana in India and Where They are Grown:

Over the years bananas have diversified themselves, the biggest classification being between plantains and bananas. Yes, a plantain is a banana but this banana is thick skinned and bigger than normal bananas, it is also low in sugar and high in starch and unripe bananas make excellent chips and curries. Even when this banana ripens, it remains green, it only turns slightly yellow or black when it over ripes. This plantain is also native to South Asia and the Caribbean. However, this is not the only division, there are several varieties of banana produced in the world, from tiny banana plants which could be cultivated in plants, inside our homes to tall trees. More than 20 varieties of bananas are produced in India alone, making it the world leader in bananas, with a production of over 14 million tonnes of the fruit. Within India, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are leading producers of bananas. Some varieties of bananas along with their places of cultivation are discussed in the table below:

 Banana VarietyState
1.Dwarf CavendishBihar, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya
2.PanchanadanTamil Nadu
3.RobustaTamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra
4.UdhayamTripura, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala
5.RasthaliKerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Mizoram
6.VirupakshiHimachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu
7.NendranKerala, Tamil Nadu
8.KarpuravalliAssam, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
9.PoovanTripura, Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Kerala, Karnataka
10.MonthanTamil Nadu, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Kerala
11.Ney PoovanKerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka
12.Red BananaGujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu
13.Grand NaineAll over India

Banana Recipes:

Banana plant or tree has a special place in Indian cuisine, especially, South Indian cuisine where both sweet and savoury dishes made of this fruit are a part of everyday diet. Honestly, which Indian has not craved for the mouth watering banana chips, fried in coconut oil? We have discussed pretty much all there is to discuss bananas, but how could any Indian household fruit discussion be complete without a discussion about food? Especially, if the food product in question is the banana tree, of which everything is useful.

1. Banana Fruit:

Banana Recipes

  • Sweet Recipes with Banana Fruit:

The list of banana related desserts in inexhaustible. From payasam to cakes and milkshakes, banana is everywhere. But we know how busy life can be, so we have chosen two easy to make delicious banana items for you.

  • Baked Oatmeal-Banana Cake:

These healthylicious cakes are gooey and good to taste, not to mention for everyone, even Vegans!

Baked Oatmeal-Banana Cake IngredientsTime
A dash of cinnamonPrep Time: 5 Minutes
Coconut oilCook Time: 20- 25 Minutes
1 cup oats (rolled)Serves: 2-3
1 banana (mashed)
1 cup soy/almond/coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp chia seeds
To Prepare:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease your cake mould/pie mould/individual cupcake mould or mason jar with coconut oil
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, till the edges start browning.
  • Drizzle some peanut butter on top.
  • Serve Hot.
  • Banana-Chocolate Milkshake:

Say yes, to this crowd pleaser! Who doesn’t love a chocolate- banana milkshake, all we need to do is twist it a little and make it healthier for everyone.

Banana-Chocolate Milkshake IngredientsTime
A dash of cinnamonPrep Time: 5 Minutes
1 cup milkCook Time: 5 Minutes
1 tsp hemp seeds (optional)Serves: 1
1 banana
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp honey (optional)
To Prepare:

  • In a blender- smoothie jar, put all the ingredient.
  • Fix it on the blender and blend till the banana solids are acceptably dissolved.
  • Take it on the go!
  • Savoury Recipes with Banana Fruit:

Welcome to India! We make savoury dishes out of everything the world may perceive as sweet, banana is one such fruit. Here are some mouthwatering savoury dishes:

  • Fish with Mango and Banana Salsa:

You heard it right! Fish with Mango and banana salsa! Dig into this fruity goodness, which is guaranteed to tickle your tastebuds.

Fish with Mango and Banana Salsa IngredientsTime
1 cup of diced, ripe mangoPrep Time: 15 minutes
1 cup diced, ripe bananaCook Time: 20-25 minutes
½ chopped red pepper (long)/jalapenoServes: 4
1 cup diced, red pepper (sweet)
¾ cup of fresh and chopped coriander leaves
1 diced onion
2 tbsp lime juice
4 fish fillets (boneless)
½ cup flour (for dusting)
1 pinch of ground pepper
2-3 tbsp cooking oil
Salt to taste
To Prepare: The Salsa

Add chopped mango, banana,onion, long red pepper, sweet red pepper, chopped coriander leaves, lime juice and a pinch of salt, and mix well.

It is best served fresh. Alternatively it can be packed and refrigerated.

To Prepare: The Fish

  • Drizzle some salt and pepper on the fish fillets.
  • Dust some flour on the fish fillets.
  • In a pan heat cooking oil.
  • Add fish fillets to the pan and let the fish cook till the flour is golden or alternatively the fish meat is white and dry on poking.
  • Place a fillet on a plate, garnish it with a cup of salsa and decorate with lime wedges.
  • Serve hot.
  • Chicken Curry with Banana and Peanuts:

Curries have a way of tantalizing your taste buds, even when they are not your classic spicy and salty curry. So here we present one such tasty and healthy oddity.

Chicken Curry with Banana and Peanuts IngredientsTime
2 cloves garlic (crushed)Prep Time: 25 minutes
1 tbsp crushed gingerCook Time: 40-45 minutes
4 tsp curry powderServes: 3-4
1 tsp coriander powder
1 cup sliced onion
⅓  cup of fresh and chopped coriander leaves
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 pinch red chilli powder
½ cup raisins
1 cup coconut milk
¾ cup water
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 diced bananas (unripe)
¼ cup roasted peanuts
2-3 tbsp cooking oil
500 gms diced boneless chicken
Salt to taste
To Prepare:

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add sliced onions and cook till they are translucent.
  • Now add crushed ginger and garlic and cook till the onions, ginger and garlic are golden.
  • Add chicken to the pan, cook till the chicken has lost some moisture.
  • Add curry powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt.
  • Cook till the masala is cooked through.
  • Add raisins, coconut milk and water to the mix and let the curry boil, cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice, coriander leaves and diced bananas. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Check if the chicken is cooked through by poking it.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.

2. Banana Peel:

Banana fruit is rich in various minerals and ingredients. Banana peel has been proved to be much richer in all these ingredients. It has been proved that water in which banana peel has been soaked for a couple of days, is full of nutrients, which help plants grow better.

Banana Peel Recipes

Is banana peel edible? Surprisingly, while the western world was busy throwing the banana peel out, the eastern world had already realized it values and was creating dishes around it.

  • Thoran with Banana Peel (Recipe):

Thoran is a side-dish which is mostly popular in South India, especially Kerala, which is one of the top producers of banana in India.

Thoran with Banana Peel IngredientsTime
4-5 banana peelsPrep Time: 10 minutes
1 diced onionCook Time: 20 minutes
1 tsp rai (black mustard seeds)Serves: 3-4
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 chopped green chilli
1 whole dry red chilli
½ tsp jeera powder
¾ cup fresh, grated coconut
12 curry leaves
1 pinch hing
1 cup coconut milk
1- 2 tbsp cooking oil
Salt to taste
To Prepare:

  • Clean the banana peels and soak them in turmeric water (add ¼ tsp turmeric powder to water bowl)
  • Slice away the blackened parts of the peels and then chop the peels.
  • In a pan, heat oil.
  • Add mustard seeds and let it crackle.
  • Now add onions and cook till onions are transparent.
  • Add green chilli, red chilli, hing, jeera powder and curry leaves.
  • Stir and add turmeric powder.
  • Add banana peels and coconut, add salt and ¼ cup of water. Cover the pan and let the peel cook.
  • Keep checking the thoran at times. When it is done, it should be cooked through and dry.
  • Serve hot with steam rice, daal/sambhar/rasam.

3. Benefits of Banana Stem:

Banana is an amazing gift of nature. Every part of it is useful and full of nutrients. The banana stem is one such part. It has several benefits, the top five being:

Banana Stem Recipes

  • Rich in fibres, it aids bowel movement as well as contributes to the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Juice of banana stem also acts as a good detoxifying agent.
  • Banana stem juice is also great for helping the body heal from kidney stones and urinary tract infection.
  • Banana stem juice also helps promote gut health, prevent or cure gastric problems including acidity.
  • Since, banana stem is also rich in the same nutrients as banana, its juice also aids in managing blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Banana stem juice also plays an instrumental role in aiding weight loss.
  • Banana Stem Kootu Recipes:

Banana stem kootu is a popular south Indian dish. It is a healthy and nutritious dish and is mostly served as a side dish.

Banana Stem Kootu Recipes IngredientsTime
½ kg chopped banana stemPrep Time: 10 minutes
1 tsp rai (black mustard seeds)Cook Time: 20 minutes
1 tsp turmeric powderServes: 3-4
½ cup moong daal
½ cup grated coconut
4-5 chopped green chillies
½ tsp jeera seeds
12 curry leaves
1- 2 tbsp cooking oil
1 pinch hing
Salt to taste
To Prepare:

  • Heat oil in a wok and add mustard seeds, let them crackle.
  • Add banana stem and turmeric powder
  • Add 1 cup of water and let it cook on slow heat till the stem becomes soft.
  • In a separate pot, add 1 cup of water and daal and let it semi cook.
  • Now make a paste of coconut, curry leaves, jeera seeds and green chillies.
  • Add semi cooked daal and the paste to the wok with banana stem.
  • Add salt.
  • Cover the wok with a lid and let it simmer on slow heat for a couple of minutes.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice and sambar/rasam.

4. Benefits of Banana Flower:

The banana tree functions on a no-wastage-policy, yes, even the flowers are delicacies, especially in South and South-East Asia. For people who are familiar with the taste of an artichoke, a banana flower tastes like that and according to the African Journal of Biotechnology, a banana flower is rich in protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, phosphorus, vitamin E, potassium, copper, iron and calcium and its benefits include:

Banana Flower Recipes

  • Banana flowers boost milk production in the breasts of nursing mothers.
  • Banana flowers regulate anemia and it has also been proven that a measured amount of banana flower can help reduce blood sugar levels.
  • It has great antioxidant activities and thus regulates the action of free radicals in the body.
  • Banana flowers are also natural infection fighters. They inhibit the growth of bacterias, also help heal wounds. According to one study, banana flowers can also inhibit the growth of malaria in an individual.
  • Banana flowers are rich in magnesium making them natural anti-stress agents as well as mood regulators.
  • Banana Flower Ginataan Recipe

This is a special Thai recipe. We figured we have covered a lot of Indian dishes to add to your culinary list, might as well go international with this one. So here we present you with banana flower ginataan recipe.

Banana Flower Ginataan Recipe IngredientsTime
½ kg thinly sliced banana flowersPrep Time: 10 minutes
1 sliced onionCook Time: 25 minutes
2 cloves of garlic, finely choppedServes: 3-4
1 diced tomato (small)
2 tbsp vinegar
1 cup coconut milk (thick)
1- 2 tbsp cooking oil
1 pinch ground pepper
Salt to taste
To prepare:

  • Add banana flower slices in a bowl and rub a pinch on salt on them. Leave for 10-15 minutes.
  • Squeeze out the juices from the flower slices, wash the slices and drain out the water.
  • In a pan, heat oil, add onion and garlic and saute till they are golden brown.
  • Add tomato and let it cook, till the tomato is soft.
  • Add banana flower slices, and vinegar and let it boil.
  • After it has boiled, bring the temperature down and cook on slow heat for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper and cook till the banana flower slices become tender.
  • Add coconut milk, stir for 1-2 minutes and take off the heat. Add salt and pepper if you feel it is necessary.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.

Banana Through History:

The University of California has found proof that the earliest cultivators of banana lived in the 8000 BCE in Kuk Valley, Papua New Guinea, making the place the birthplace of banana. The University of California also identifies that bananas became a tradeable and in-demand item among the south and southeast Asians around 6000 BCE, which is when it entered India. Since then, banana has been a part of the Indian subcontinent, making India the largest producer of this berry.

Banana reached the middle east via Arab conquerors around 327 BCE and from there on gradually moved to Africa, and finally reached the new world at the hands of explorers who ventured out to conquer the Caribbeans.

However, the mass production of bananas began around 1834 and by the 1880s bananas were in huge demand. It seems the demand has not gone down since then, as more research proves that banana is a wholesome superfood.

Symbolism of Banana in India:

Through the brief history discussed above, we realize that banana in the Indian subcontinent is probably as old as the history of its civilizations. Whether banana was treated as a delicacy reserved only for the high and mighty, we don’t know. But we do know, that over the years, banana is a part of Indian rituals and customs. Banana leaves are treated as pure, which is why they are used as canopies for Gods, across the length and breadth of India, banana leaves are even treated as clean plates to serve gods food on. Banana is the most common fruit prasad distributed in India.

In fact, in some areas the banana tree is worshipped as a form of goddess and most young girls, pray to the tree to grant them the boon of a good and loving husband. Banana trees are seen as the messengers of Gods.

Not only this, while, every part of the banana is a delicacy in Indian cuisine, even the part which isn’t eatable, like the banana leaf, is used to cook various delicacies. Our practice of old habits has led us to forget, why we started respecting and worshipping the banana tree, maybe the ancients realized the wholesome worth of the banana tree. But to this day, several devout hindus believe that a healthy banana plant at home, is a harbinger of good luck and fortune.

Phew! Who knew there is so much more to the most common food in India. Next time you go to a vendor to buy a dozen or half of bananas remember, there is so much more to a food item than what meets the eye. Well, we hope we have given you ample amount of reasons to go banana over bananas!

News on Banana :

The Banana Flakes Market To Inflate In The Coming Years

 – 22nd Feb 2019

The Future Market Insights recently published a report named “Banana Flakes Market: Global Industry Analysis (2012-2016) and Opportunity Assessment (2017-2027)”. The report stated that the demand for banana flakes is likely to increase in the coming years. The report projected that since the buying capacity of developing nations has increased, the demand for more and more high-quality products will increase. Since food producers and consumers are now focusing more on healthy food options, the focus is more fruit based products and fruits. The rise of fast food chains in developing countries has also led to a demand for more healthy banana flakes. The report projects that between 2007-2017 the CAGR value of banana flakes will rise up by 4.5%. In 2016, the report stated that the banana flakes market was worth around $600 million, and it is expected to bloat to a billion dollar industry by 2027. Banana flakes are known to help with gastrointestinal diseases like diarrhea.

Bananas May Help Control Hypertension

– 28th Dec 2018

We have often heart about how an apple a day can keep the doctor away, well, here is a new one, a banana a day can keep blood pressure away. India as a country is the largest producer of bananas. India is also the country where 1 in every 8 persons suffers from hypertension. These figures put forward by the Union Helth Ministry’s Preventive Health Program in 2017, sound alarming because in 2015-2016 the National Family Health Survey recorded that 1 in 10-11 people in India suffers from hypertension. Within a gap of less than two years, the number has increased exponentially. This change in figures also indicates how a rising urban lifestyle and odd working hours is leading to the development of hypertension in people. Potassium is a good source of lowering blood pressure among individuals and bananas of all sizes are relatively abundant in potassium, which means that bananas are actually the healthiest way of controlling hypertension. India is the largest producer of banana in the world, and within India, Maharashtra bags the title of the largest producer of bananas. This fruit is a perennial fruit which means that it is available easily throughout the year. Thus, opting for a banana seems like a smart idea.  

Banana Milkshake Best for Exercising

– 30th Oct 2018

From milkshakes to cakes, bananas are the most popular fruits worldwide. For exercising, bananas have been added to oats meal, porridge because of its high fibre content. It is low on calories and can be is advised to be consumed either by milkshake or in fruit manner. More than helping digestion, bananas help fitness enthusiasts due to the fact that this fruit has a good source of carbohydrates and energy while you work out.

According to Dr Anju Sood, Nutritionist, “Consuming banana acts a stimulator to your body and will improve your body’s efficiency and regulate the amount of fat in your body. Bananas energises you during workouts. Usually, during workouts, the glycogen content in your body breaks down, but consuming banana helps prevent glycogen depletion in your body”.

Bananas have a good source of carbs so that you don’t feel dead after working out. Thus bananas are the best post working out snacks and according to many health experts and nutritionists, banana contains potassium and this helps in muscle function. If bananas are added to some protein-rich foods, the carbohydrates in banana provide your body with extra energy and this will help in muscle recovery.

This School is Teaching Banana Farming to Farmers in Nagaland

– 24th Oct 2018

The Agricultural Technology Management Agency, ATMA has been trying to introduce farming schools all over Nagaland in a bid to help farmers improve their crop yield. Different blocks of different districts in the state are now being introduced to thematic farming classes, with some blocks receiving training on poultry farming, as others get training on cultivating cardamom. Under the same scheme, a banana school was launched at Tsiemukhuma village, on September 27, 2018. Zhasalie was appointed as a teacher for the same school. There were two resource persons from ATMA, BTM Khrievi Tachu, and ATM Medokhrielie have been involved with the launch of this school along with sharing the purpose of this school with the local farmers. In fact, the initial demonstrations on the size of the pit, the spacing between consecutive plants, manuring, and weeding were demonstrated by ATM Medokhrielie.

The school will also focus on generating knowledge about the types of bananas cultivated in Nagaland, and the benefits of each variety. In fact, the appointed teacher at the school has been a banana farmer since 2006, and now has over 600-700 banana trees, planted in a farm covering about one hectare of land.

Banana Skin and its Medicinal Benefits

– 22nd Oct 2018

If you are throwing away a banana skin after eating it, then you may not do it after reading this. Usually, a banana skin is disposed after eating the fruit but have you wondered why is the skin disposed. Usually, banana peels protect the fruit from microbial infections.

This means that the skin of the banana acts as protector against any infection. Banana peels have antidoxants and antimicrobial properties that protect the fruit on the inside. But what more use can a banan peel be used for?

Banana peels have been used for medical reasongs such as treating burns, anamia, ulcers, inflammation, diabetes, cough and in some cases snakebites. According to a study in January  2018, banana peels were found to have medicinal value and it had various beneficial properties found in it.

Banana peels have phenolic compounds in compariso to that of other fruits. This compound is rich in antidoxants, antimicrobial and antibiotic properties that help prevent cardiovascular diseases, cancer, obesity and diabetes.

However, different types of banana peels have different types of properties. Musa paradisiaca is know to be the oldest banana which originated in Asia. This breed in banana is said to have the highest amount of phenolic compound in it. Now that it is proven that banana peels have high medicinal value, this wil be used in the mass production of medication.

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