When to eat a banana and what are the benefits of eating banana?

When to eat a banana and what are the benefits of eating banana?

Bananas are among the most consumed fruits in the world and it could also help lower blood pressure and the risks of cancer, asthma and diabetes. They are rich in potassium and fiber.Bananas are good sources of potassium and help to maintain a normal blood pressure and let your heart function normally.

It is rich in fiber, which helps in digestion. It keeps your digestion well regulated. Bananas also support a good heart or cardiovascular health. They are excellent sources of antioxidants.

Bananas are also one of the best sources of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps in producing red blood cells, metabolism of carbohydrates and fats and helping it turn into energy, removing unwanted chemicals from your liver and kidney and maintaining a good nervous system.

Bananas contain manganese, which protects your skin from radical damage. Due to the fiber content in bananas it resolves your gastrointestinal issues as well. The newly ripened bananas contain starch, which takes time to digest and hence is passed into the large intestine. It helps regulate your weight and stay full for longer. Bananas are also a source of fat and cholesterol-free energy.

The best time to eat a banana is as per your nutritional requirements and preferences. The taste and the nutritional value of a banana changes as it ripens and is different at different stages of its ripening.

When green in colour: Green bananas are high in starch and fiber and thus seem to fill you up immediately. It is also termed as resistant starch and it makes your digestive system work harder. It isn’t soft and it’s better to eat it cooked.

They are low on the glycemic index and a great source of prebiotics for gut health. Gradually the body will break the starch into glucose and will increase the blood sugar levels slowly. They contain less sugar comparatively as they haven’t fully ripened.

green banana
yellow banana

When yellow in color: The yellow colour indicates  ripe. Here’s when you bid goodbye to the starch content and welcome sugar. It is much sweeter and softer than the greener ones. They are higher on the glycemic index and with less starch to break down.

They can be digested easily and will soak up the nutrients easier. Yellow bananas contain more antioxidants. It helps in strengthening your immune system as well. The barely ripe ones are low in sugar.

When bananas are spotted: The bananas with spots are much older and sweeter. Brown spots indicate that the banana has aged. They also indicate how much of the starch has been converted into sugar. The greater number of spots the higher is the sugar content and the sweeter it is.

They have a much higher level of antioxidants and can help in cancer prevention. They are also considered as tiny immune boosters. But they also contain low levels of mineral and vitamin content.

spotted banana

 When brown in colour: When bananas are brown in color the resistant starch is completely gone and only sugar is left. They are shriveled and quite mushy. The starch has completely broken down into sugar.

Brown bananas have the highest sugar content and are very sweet and are low in fiber content. As bananas age the antioxidants levels increase. Brown bananas have the highest levels of antioxidants.

Bananas are packed with nutrients mainly potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and fiber. They are low in fat and still manage to make you feel full. They help in preventing many diseases and improving your health conditions.

SUMMARY:

• Bananas are among the most consumed fruits in the world and it could also help lower blood pressure and the risks of cancer, asthma, and diabetes. They are rich in potassium and fiber.
• Bananas are also one of the best sources of vitamin B6. It helps in removing unwanted chemicals from your liver and kidney and maintaining a good nervous system.
• The taste and the nutritional value of banana changes as it ripens and is different at different stages of its ripening.
• Green bananas are high in starch and fiber and thus seem to fill you up immediately. It is also termed as resistant starch and it makes your digestive system work harder.
• The bananas with spots are much older and sweeter. Brown spots indicate that the banana has aged.

Have you experienced benefits from eating bananas? It really works wonders.

When to eat a banana and what are the benefits of eating banana

Green bananas

yellow bananas

spotted bananas

brown banana

Malathi

Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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