I've been in banana limbo lately. Is eating a banana healthy or not?
How do we get past all these mixed messages about bananas? I feel like there's a whole lot of banana monkey business going on! At times, do you feel like a monkey swinging from one “Healthy Eating” headline to another?
I try to be informed with healthy food choices, but I must admit the almighty banana has probably the most mixed messages of all the fruits. Eat bananas. Don't eat bananas. Bananas make you fat. Bananas make you skinny. Bananas have too much sugar. Bananas have good natural sugar. Bananas make your stomach flat. Bananas make you bloated. Bananas can be shoved into a tail pipe. Oh, oops, that's for a different story.
No wonder we've all gone a little nuts over bananas; don't even get me started on nuts!
Anyway, here's what I have gathered as somewhat the skinny on "banana logic." My source is Chris Freytag who I think makes the most sense. I may be a little biased as she's a Minnesota girl!
However, no matter where's she's from, I have always thought she had the most logical and sensible health and exercise information. Here is Chris Freytag's website Get Healthy U and her Facebook page.
Let's peel down the banana logic and don't be a "monkey see monkey do" person. Meaning, you decide what works for you. It's all about balance.
Chris lays out the Health Profile Of A Banana and if you're still wondering about hopping on the banana boat or not, I'll list only a small bunch of banana facts:
- Each Banana has naturally occurring fiber which helps the digestive system and lowers cholesterol.
- Each Banana has 10% of daily-recommended Potassium which has been shown to lower blood pressure.
- Each Banana has benefits of B vitamins, which treats anemia and promotes a healthy nervous system.
- Each Banana has Biotin which regulates blood sugar and jump starts metabolism.
How many should you eat while hanging from a tree? Well duh...NONE from a tree; unless you're a monkey.
Listen, of course, it's about moderation…as with anything. So, don't be a chimp and eat bananas like you are one.
Also, from the Health Profile link above are some recipe ideas on how to incorporate bananas into your diet.
So, banana limbo no longer!
I'll be honest; I usually cut my banana in half and save the other half for another time. I guess, I don't feel the need to go ape shit over bananas - one half will do.
To bring this banana logic to its conclusion, I couldn't resist including this music video. It’s actually one of my faves by Gwen Stefani from No Doubt and wait for it...near the end *B-A-N-A-N-A-S*
Let's sing it loud Hollaback Girl