Let’s Talk Bananas

Have you ever noticed “Do not refrigerate” on a packet of bananas? This is quite a valuable instruction, especially if they are unripe bananas.

If you think about it, it does make sense since bananas typically grow in hot temperature regions and are not used to the cold. When exposed to cold temperatures, the enzymes that enable them to ripen are inhibited. This can lead to loss of nutritional value, taste and potential damage to the fruit.

However, if you have bananas that are already ripened, it is fine to keep them in the refrigerator for a few days. Alternatively, bananas can be peeled and stored in the freezer for smoothies or even baking.

Here are 10 tips to change the way you’ll look at the humble banana and this is no monkey business:

  1. They are mood boosting due to their high levels of tryptophan, which converts into serotonin in the body. Serotonin is also a key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being and happiness.
  2. They are a great snack before a strenuous workout. Bananas are a source of high quality carbohydrates that are necessary to replenish muscle glycogen.
  3. Eating a banana can reduce nausea from morning sickness.
  4. Rich in pectin and fiber, bananas aid digestion. Their fiber content helps to support daily detoxification by sweeping the intestines clean.
  5. Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
  6. Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you down during a fever or on a hot day.
  7. They are a good source of magnesium for strong bones and healthy muscles.
  8. Bananas act as a natural antacid, providing relief from heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD.
  9. High in potassium. Potassium helps to normalize the heartbeat and regulate the body’s water balance.
  10. Bananas contain natural oils and vitamins that can boost skin health. Rub a banana peel on your face to brighten skin and reduce wrinkles.

Have any overripe bananas? Try our Protein rich banana bread recipe here.

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