(Found this on the internet)

This is interesting. After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again..

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class

told his class about bananas.  

He said the expression 

"going bananas" 

is from the effects of bananas on the brain.  Read on: 

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!  

          Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. 

Research has 
proven that just two bananas 
provide enough energy for a strenuous 
 90-minute workout. 
No wonder the banana is the number one 
fruit with the world's 
 leading athletes. 
But 
energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It 
can 
also help overcome or 
prevent a 
substantial number of illnesses and conditions, 
making it a must to
add to our 
daily diet.

DepressionAccording to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier. 

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, 
          which can affect your mood. 
Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps 
          in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect 
          to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana 
          industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams 
          this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research 
          has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to 
          overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives. 
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with 
          honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar 
          levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system. 
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a 
          banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid 
          morning sickness.
Mosquito Bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a 
          banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to 
          gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips... Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers 
          found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid 
          panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high 
          carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady..
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and 
          smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also 
          neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach. 
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical 
          and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat 
          bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood 
          enhancer tryptophan.. 
Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, 
          as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of 
          nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and 
          regulates your body's water balance.. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing 
          our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack. 
Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular 
          diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%! 
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin 
           and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or 
           surgical tape!

           So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. 

            When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals, It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change the well-known phrase so that we say, 

A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? 

Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. 

Amazing fruit !!!  

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time!


            

 

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