This Is the Food Everyone Should Be Eating
It’s one simple plant that you wouldn’t expect
When I was a little girl, at about five years old, I first heard the saying:
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
There was little I feared more than the hospital. So, naturally, the expression stuck with me. Maybe that’s why I loved to gobble down apples all the time as a child.
But, I remember running down to the kitchen one day for my snack, and to my surprise, there were no apples left in the fruit bowl. I was incredibly sad. After all, I truly believed that apples were the superior fruit.
Luckily, my mom was there waiting for me. She handed me a banana instead as a substitute. And while she was simply trying to provide me with an alternative to eat, it turns out, she was onto something.
That catchy rhyme that we all grew up hearing may be better phrased as, “a banana a day keeps the doctor away.” Here’s why.
Bananas have more nutrients.
When you compare an apple side by side with a banana, you’ll see that a banana has two times the carbohydrates, five times the Vitamin A and iron, and three times the phosphorus that an apple has.
So, if you look purely at the nutritional benefits, a banana packs a much more powerful punch than an apple.
They boost energy.
According to studies, bananas actually boost your energy more than fancy sports drinks do. This is actually unsurprising to me. One of my favorite pre-race meals has always been oatmeal or a bagel with peanut butter and banana.
The combination has helped me set huge personal bests in many race distances, including a sub-17 minute 5k and a sub-5 minute mile.
And while a banana alone isn’t the main factor that caused me to run personal bests, there’s no denying that it’s a powerful fruit that shouldn’t be dismissed. A single banana might seem like an insignificant snack, but it has the ability to catapult you to greater heights in work, athletics, and even your daily life.
Bananas improve heart health.
Because of their high potassium content, bananas help your body deliver oxygen to your brain.
This means that your heart will beat more evenly, your blood pressure may go down, and your body will maintain more balance overall.
So, if you struggle with heart problems, making some healthy swaps to your diet to include more nutrient dense foods like bananas could have a phenomenal impact on your health.
But, don’t go jumping for joy just yet.
There are a few things about bananas you should be aware of.
First off, one medium banana has about 14 grams of sugar, but don’t panic. This isn’t the unhealthy processed sugar that you should avoid at all costs. Fruit sugar is balanced with fiber. Therefore, it doesn’t cause the same huge spike in blood glucose levels like its processed counterpart.
Still, too much of anything can become detrimental to you.
So, it’s just something to take note of. If you’re trying to limit your sugar intake, eating multiple bananas in a single day probably isn’t the best idea.
Next, bananas are a carb rich source. So, if you plan on eating a single banana for breakfast, you’ll probably find yourself hungry again soon after. Instead, try it in oatmeal or on a piece of toast with some peanut butter. This will give the meal some protein and healthy fat, and help you feel fuller longer. Plus, it tastes great, so it will likely satisfy you more than a simple banana would.
Now, I know some of you are thinking, “but I hate bananas”.
If this is you, don’t worry. I helped my best friend get over her hatred of bananas. For her, it was a texture thing. She couldn’t deal with it, until I gave her this one magical tip.
If you don’t like bananas, try them in a smoothie.
It seems simple, but it works for many people. Here’s a great fruity recipe you can try out, which also happens to be extremely hydrating.
Or, if you’re more of a chocolate person, you can blend up 1 frozen banana, a scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1 tbsp of peanut butter, and a splash of almond milk. It tastes like a chocolate peanut butter milkshake, and pretty soon, you’ll be hooked on bananas.
Bananas have the power to boost your health by supplying your body with ample nutrients that it needs to thrive. It can be used in many ways, it’s easy to get at any grocery store, and it’s incredibly inexpensive. So, don’t shy away from eating the plentiful fruit. Instead, join me in making bananas a staple in your healthy diet.