Banana is a delicious fruit, nutritious and very satiating, ideal to take at certain times of the day, but instead less recommended as we combine with other foods.
In this article, we explain what are their properties, what brings us and in what cases we should not abuse, and the best way to eat so that not only does not fatten but helps us lose weight.
A banana of about 100 grams contains approximately 100 calories, 1 gram of protein, 25 grams of carbohydrates and less than one gram of fat. Also, contains 3 grams of fiber.
The banana is rich in vitamins B6 and C, folic acid and minerals like magnesium and potassium.
Banana is rich in starch
Although banana is a fruit, its nutritional values make it belong to the category of starch along with other foods such as potato, cereal, flour, peanuts, etc. This point is fundamental when determining the best time to eat it, with which foods we should or should not combine it, etc.
When do we eat them?
The starches have the main characteristic of giving energy to our organism and of being of slow digestion, and for that reason, it is not recommended to consume them at night, since then we would say that they are fattening. Everything we eat at night should be light and easy to digest.
Instead, the starches are excellent in the morning, as they give us energy for the whole day.
There are also two ideal moments to consume the bananas, and it is precisely mid-morning or mid-afternoon, just when we are hungry, we want to snack something that will satisfy us but that does not fatten us. Bananas will satisfy us easily without having to consume refined sugars, fats or other less healthy foods. In addition, we can always carry them on and are easy to eat.
On the other hand, we recommend not to eat more than one per day, precisely because they have such complete nutritional values.
Consuming bananas usually brings the following beneficial properties to our body:
- Reduces cholesterol levels
- Regulates bowel problems
- Reduces muscle cramps
- Provides energy to our body quickly, making it an excellent fruit for children and athletes, or for cases of exhaustion, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia
- It regulates our nervous system and helps to alleviate problems of anxiety, irritability, etc.
- Helps to treat anemia naturally
- Decrease high blood pressure
- Reduces the risk of heart attacks
- Thanks to its alkalizing properties it works as a natural antacid
- Reduces morning sickness and vomiting
- An ideal food when suffering from ulcers
- Helps relieve the pain of menstruation
- It is a good complement in smoking cessation treatment
- It is an essential fruit for pregnant women, as it reduces nausea, regulates the intestine, contributes energy without fat and contains folic acid
How to eat it?
The only indication is that the banana should always be well-ripe, otherwise it would make it difficult to digest. Otherwise, it offers countless culinary possibilities:
- It gives a creamy and sweet texture to smoothies. This allows us to add other healthy ingredients less tasty but very beneficial, such as some leafy vegetable, brewer’s yeast, vegetable drinks, etc.
- A very original and light way to make a banana ice cream is to peel ripe bananas and freeze them.
- When they are frozen, we will grind them in a blender along with a yogurt. Then we can eat it directly or freeze it a little longer if we like harder. We can also add hot chocolate on top, if we want to get a delicious and attractive dessert.
- It allows us to use less sugar when cooking biscuits, and also gives them juiciness
- We can cook it roasted with cinnamon
- If we crush the banana with the help of a fork we will obtain an unctuous paste that we can mix with cocoa, to obtain a very healthy cocoa cream, without dairy, flour or sugars