BANANAS: APPLE OF PARADISE are an extremely versatile and healthy fruits. In the mythological ages in Europe it was called the ‘apple of paradise’. They are rich in potassium, which is essential for maintaining blood pressure at healthy levels, and are natural antacids which makes them a soothing and healing choice for upset stomachs and ulcers .The ripe fruit consists of nearly 90 per cent natural slow –release sugars-ideal for athletes and busy people .
The banana is one of oldest and best known fruits of the world. It is delicious and seedless and is available in all seasons at a price which is within everybody’s reach. It is a very hygienic fruit as it comes in a germ-proof package. Its thick covering provides an excellent protection against bacteria and contamination. The mature fruits vary in sites and may be greenish, yellow or reddish in color.
Original home of banana is believed to be India and Malaya. The fruit as well as its plant is considered to be a very auspicious in all the religious and social ceremonies in India. In India, there are three important banana- producing areas South India, Western India and Eastern India from Bihar to Assam.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFIT OF BANANAS: APPLE OF PARADISE
The banana constitutes almost a complete balanced diet in combination with milk. It contains a high grade protein, which includes three of the essential amino acids. Banana and milk supplement each other in an ideal manner and provide all the needed nutrients to the body.
In the traditional medicine of India and the ancient Persia, this golden fruit is regarded as nature’s secret of perpetual youth. Banana is known for promoting healthy digestion and creating a feeling of youthfulness.
They help promote the retention of calcium, phosphorus and nitrogen –all of which then work to build sound and regenerated tissues.
Banana also contains invert sugar, which is an aid to youthful growth and metabolism.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BANANAS: APPLE OF PARADISE
- Helps strengthen bones
- Protects against ulcers
- Contains slow-release sugars
- Lowers risk of heart disease and stroke
INTESTINAL DISORDER: The banana is used as a dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and blandness. It is said to contain an unidentified compound called, perhaps jokingly, ‘vitamin U’ (against ulcer). It is the only raw fruit which can be eaten without distress in chronic ulcer cases. It neutralizes the over – acidity of the gastric juices and reduces the irritation of the ulcer by lining of the stomach.
Ripe bananas are highly beneficial in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, being bland, smooth, easily –digestible and slightly laxative. They relieve acute symptoms and promote the healing process.
CONSTIPATION AND DIARRHEA: Bananas are of great value both in constipation and diarrhea as they normalize colonic functions in the large intestine to absorb large amounts of water for proper bowel moments. Their usefulness in constipation is due to their richness in pectin, which is water –absorbent and this gives them a bulk producing ability. They also posses the ability to change the bacteria in the intestine – from the –harmful type of bacilli to the beneficial acidophilus bacilli.
DYSENTERY: Mashed banana together with little salt is a very valuable remedy for dysentery. According to Dr. Kirticar, a combination of ripe plantation, tamarind and common salt is most effective in this disease. He claims to have cured several cases of both acute and chronic dysentery of this treatment.
Ripe bananas are also very useful in dysentery of children, but they should be thoroughly mashed and beaten to cream before use in these cases.
ARTHRITIS AND GOUT: Bananas are useful in the treatment of arthritis and gout. A diet of bananas only for three or four days is advised in these conditions.
ANEMIA: Being high in iron content, bananas are beneficial in the treatment of anemia. They stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood.
ALLERGIES: The fruit is very useful for those who are allergic. To certain foods and who suffer in consequence from skin rashes or digestive disorders or asthma. Bananas contain only benign amino acids which in most cases are not allergic. The fruit, however, does cause allergic reactions in certain sensitive persons and they should avoid it.
KIDNEY DISORDERS: Bananas are valuable in kidney disorder because of their low protein and salt content and high carbohydrate content. They are useful in uremia, a toxic condition of the blood due to kidney congestion and dysfunction. But should consult the doctor, as it is a rich source of potassium too.
TUBERCULOSIS: Bananas are considered useful in the treatment of tuberculosis. According to Dr. J. Montelvz of Brazil, South America, the juice of the plantain or the ordinary cooked bananas works miracles in the cure of tuberculosis. He claims to have cured patients with advanced stage of tuberculosis with frequent cough, abundant expectoration or phlegm and high fever in two months by this treatment
URINARY DISORDERS: Juices from Banana stem is a well-known remedy for urinary disorders. It improves the functional efficiency of kidney and liver thereby alleviating the discomforts and diseased condition in them. It clears the excretory organs in the abdominal region of toxins and helps to eliminate them in the form of urine. It has been found to be of great help in the treatment for the removal of stones in the kidney, gall bladder, and prostate. It is advisable to mix this juice whenever possible with the juice of ash pumpkin.
OVERWEIGHT: A diet consisting of bananas and skimmed milk is considered an effective remedy for weight reduction. In prescribed course of diet treatment, the daily diet is restricted to six bananas and four glasses of skimmed milk or buttermilk made from skimmed milk for a period of 10 to 15 days. Thereafter green vegetables may be introduced gradually, reducing the intake of bananas from six to four. This regimen or prescribed course of diet treatment can be continued till the desired results are achieved. Bananas are suitable for overweight people as they contain practically no sodium.
MENSTRUAL DISORDERS: Cooked banana flower eaten with curd is considered as an effective medicine for menstrual disorders like painful menstruation and excessive bleeding. Banana flower helps increase progesterone hormone which reduces the bleeding.
BURNS AND WOUNDS: A plaster is prepared by beating a ripe banana into a fine paste. It can be spread over burns and wounds and supported by a cloth bandage. It gives immediate relief. The young tender leaves of banana tree acts a cool dressing for inflammations and blisters.
What is it good for?
BONE HEALTH – Its potassium content slow the urinary calcium loss associated with a modern diet high in salt. Also contains prebiotic compounds that feed good bacteria in the gut. A healthy gut increases the body’s ability to absorb key nutrients such as calcium – crucial for bone health.
SOOTHING THE STOMACH– Has antacid effects that protect the stomach from ulcers. Also helps activate cells that build the stomach lining, and eliminates the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers. These antacid effects are also good for easing heartburn.
ENERGY BOOSTER– The fruit contains both quick – release glucose and slow –release fructose, so it supplies energy in 2 ways.
CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH – An extremely good source of potassium and fiber. Studies show that potassium-and fiber rich diets reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. Potassium is also essential for the maintenance of blood pressure.
FOR CONSTIPATION– Its high fiber content helps bowel regularity and eases constipation.
USES OF BANANAS: APPLE OF PARADISE
Ripe bananas are chiefly eaten raw as a desert or a breakfast fruit. It is also used in salad together with other fruits and vegetables. Unripe fruits.
The flour prepared from the dried unripe bananas is three times richer in minerals than the wheat flour. It is also more digestible than cereal starches and is an ideal food for infants and invalids.
HOW DO I GET THE BEST FROM IT?
Eat ripe fruit to get the most antioxidants, eat when the skin is yellow with a few brown or black spots, and the flesh is ripe, almost to the point of spoilage.
Banana, taken as a table fruit, must be thoroughly ripe as otherwise it may be difficult to digest. The raw bananas contain 20 to 25 per cent starch. But during the process of ripening, this starch is almost wholly converted with assimilable sugar.
Bananas should never be kept in a refrigerator as low temperature prevents their ripening. The fruit should not be taken by those who are suffering from kidney because of its high potassium content.
RECIPES OF BANANAS: APPLE OF PARADISE
The natural sweetness of fruit and a drizzle of stevia syrup means no added sugar is needed in this banana bread. Make this Sugar-Free Banana Cake at your home itself……Read more
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This banana foster oatmeal tastes like bananas Foster, one of my favorite dessert and a quick breakfast option. Oatmeal is a high fiber breakfast cereal……Read more
BANANA OATMEAL PANCAKES RECIPE
These banana Oatmeal pancake recipe have less sodium per serving than other pancakes made from mixes. Decrease sodium even further by stretching the mix with banana, oats and walnuts……Read more
CRANBERRY-BANANA SMOOTHIE RECIPE
When I’m not so hungry and wants a light but healthy beverage, then I usually end-up with smoothies. You can use a regular banana, some cranberry and add more ice and make a Cranberry banana smoothie recipe…..Read more
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