There Is So Much To Gain By Putting A Banana In Your Mouth
Don’t leave bananas to rot on the grocery shelves.
The other day my wife and I were out grocery shopping when we noticed people were completely skipping the shelves with bananas. To be fair these were the same people with carts full of processed sodium-heavy frozen, boxed, and canned foods so they were skipping the entire fruits and vegetable section in general.
Though, I can understand the aversion to bananas. Whenever I opened a box of Runts candy I would purposely separate the banana-flavored ones.
Honestly, anything banana flavored to me is absolutely disgusting, but oddly enough, I can handle the flavor of an actual banana.
So why am I telling you all this? Let’s use actual science to tell you why putting a banana into your mouth daily is healthy for you.
Bananas Help Regulate Blood Sugar
Bananas have a number of blood sugar-regulating benefits you shouldn’t ignore. Bananas have a low glycemic index value and contain fiber. What does that mean? It means when you put a banana into your mouth it shouldn’t cause any dramatic spikes in blood sugar levels for relatively healthy people. The story is a little different for those with type 2 diabetes. However, those who consume a banana after a meal benefit from the pectin slowing the emptying of the stomach, which in turn aids in blood sugar regulation.
Bananas Help Keep Your Heart Healthy
If you haven’t heard this before from your doctor, a friend, the guy who doesn’t pick his dog poop off your lawn, or the internet then you’ll hear it from me: cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of everyone worldwide. Bananas contain about 400 milligrams of heart-healthy potassium. It’s important to get enough potassium in your body to offset the copious amounts of sodium I know you’re eating daily. If you don’t know how much sodium you’re consuming daily, open your freezer, which undoubtedly has more stuff in it than your vegetable cabinet, and take a look at the sodium content of your frozen food. The American Heart Association tells us we shouldn’t consume more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. One tablespoon of salt itself is already 2,000 milligrams of salt. Keep that in mind when you’re watching those Facebook videos of people’s creepy hands making recipes and drowning everything in salt.
Keep all of this in mind when you’re rolling around the grocery store with packages of instant ramen and frozen foods that have the word “healthy” or “lean” on their packaging. It’s a good choice for your health to reach for a banana who is just sitting there waiting to make your life a little better by making its way down your throat to save your life someday.
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