I think most people like bananas. They’re such a sweet and simple food. My son could eat bananas every day! 🙂 The funny thing about bananas is that a lot of people don’t actually know that they are best eaten when they are fully ripe. A few years ago, I didn’t know that yellow bananas are not ripe. I thought green bananas were unripe….. The truth is your bananas need to be covered in brown spots to be fully ripe and easily digested. If you eat unripe bananas they can cause gas, bloating, upset stomach and even constipation. So make sure your bananas are nice and spotty so you can reap all of the health benefits and avoid the stomach upset. 😉
One of the main reasons I love banana is that they add a natural sweetness to my baking and smoothies. They’re also a great snack that you can grab and eat on the go. Food Matters has a list of 25 reasons why you should eat this wonderful fruit. Here are my favourite health reasons to include this tropical fruit in your diet. If you suffer from PMS, eating a banana can improve your mood and reduce symptoms by regulating your blood sugar. They are also rich in pectin which aids in digestion and helps to gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body! If you suffer from heartburn, acid reflux or GERD eat a banana as they can neutralize the acids in your stomach. You can also use bananas for eliminating skin issues like warts, by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place. If you are prone to muscle cramps eating bananas can help due to their high potassium content. Bananas are also full of iron, which is great everyone but especially for folks with anemia. So what are you going to make with bananas? Here are a few recipes that include ripe bananas: banana and raspberry ice cream, gluten free carrot and arisen muffins and buckwheat banana pancakes.