Monday, April 21, 2008

Bananas Natures Perfect Snack

Bananas are healthy, filling and tasy great, bananas are a great treat and snack food. Bananas are grown in most of the tropical areas of the world, they are harvested while still green. When bananas are stored at room temperature they will ripen in just a few days, You can speed this process by placing the fruit in a plastic or paper bag with an apple.

Bananas are bland, easy to digest and hypoallergenic which makes them a great early food for babies. Bananas with rice, applesauce, and toast are one of the foods in the BRAT diet which is recommended after a bout with Diarhea. Many ulcer patients report that bananas help with some of their pain, but this is not proven.


Bananas are high in fat only avocados are higher in fat, as a fruit source for potassium, a mineral instrumental in proper muscle function.People taking certain diuretic drugs for high blood pressure are advised to eat two or three bananas a day to help replace the potassium lost through the urine.

They are also a great source of vitamins B6, a medium 4 ounce banana suplies one third thr Recmmended Nutrient intake RNI, along with 10 percent or more of the RNIs for vitamin C and folate. It adds 2g of soluble dietary fiber, which helps to lower blood cholesterol levels. Bananas contain about 100 calories each, mostlyin the form of fruit sugar and starch. Because the body quickly converts these t energy they are naturally a great favorite of athletes.


Plantains resemble large green bananas, but they never become as sweet. Plantains are usually baked or fried and served as a starchy sidedish; they can also be a delicious addition to soups, stews, and meat dishes. Nutritionally, plantains are comaparable to bananas, except that their content of vitamin A is much higher, by providing 20 percent in RNI.

*A good source of potassium, folate. and vitamins C and B6.

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