Banana is one of the most popular and loved fruits in the world. It is available throughout the year, it is easy to eat and carry, nutritious and delicious. Furthermore, it has numerous useful properties.
Bananas contain a lot of water, very little protein and fat, and a content of tryptophan – an amino acid that helps produce vitamin B3, necessary for the brain to produce serotonin.
Speaking of the banana, the doctor, consulted by Revyuh, highlights its both content, soluble and insoluble fiber. The first type “slows down the absorption of fats and especially carbohydrates, and makes the elevation in blood glucose.
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Insoluble fiber does not retain liquids and, unlike soluble fiber, is almost not fermented by gut bacteria. In general, all fiber is very effective in helping with digestion.
Vitamin B6 is another important benefit of the banana. This vitamin is essential for the metabolism of nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats and is also responsible for neurotransmission at the brain level. It facilitates the process of transformation of tryptophan to serotonin, says the doctor. Serotonin, in turn, is responsible for emotional well-being. It is also very important in brain development in childhood.
Bananas are a very important caloric source: a serving of 100 grams guarantees about 100 calories. At the same time, it has a relatively low glycemic index, making it a great way to regain energy. That is why he recommends the fruit to athletes.
“Having a very significant content of potassium and other minerals such as magnesium, in the process of recovering from losses that have occurred from the effect of exercise and sweating, is excellent for recovery,” he adds.
How many bananas to eat a day?
Dietary recommendations advise consuming three servings of fruit a day, but with breaks. For example, one for breakfast, one for lunch and one more for dinner.