Bananas have a great rep for fueling high-intensity and long endurance workouts. There are numerous benefits and nutrition facts of bananas. Bananas are not only great carb source but are packed with a significant source of vitamins and minerals.
Benefits and Nutrition facts of Bananas
Not only do bananas provide excellent fuel for endurance exercise but can also serve as a natural way to promote positive moods and fight depression. Banana are packed with lots of nutrients, here are some nutrition facts of bananas.
It can lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. It can also have a big positive impact on our cardiovascular health.
Benefits including stimulating co-enzymatic activities, protecting the immune system, and having positive effects on metabolism, premenstrual syndrome, hormone control, emotional disorders, skin. One medium-size banana can provide up to 33% of the RDI.
It is believed that “Banana a day, keeps depression away”. It is not proved but some of the nutrients present in bananas can help one’s body against depression.
Banana has Vitamin B9/folate, which is a nutrient that fights against depression by boosting a substrate with antidepressant properties in our body. This basically helps serotonin (the feel-good chemical) enter our brain faster.
It is a precursor for serotonin. It’s one of the most important brain chemicals that has natural anti-depressant properties. This not only treats anxiety and insomnia but also helps other mood issues such as fatigue, irritability, anger, and aggression.
It can help with muscle contraction and relaxation as well as protein synthesis. This will in turn increases lean muscle mass. It also helps boost lipolysis. (a process where our body releases fat from its stores.)
It is a fat-blasting B vitamin that fights directly against the genes that cause fat storage in the abdomen. (One reason heavy drinkers have bloated bellies is that alcohol depletes choline, gaining weight around the liver.)
A Healthy Recipe:
Banana Oats Cookie.
- 2 scoop protein powder,
- 1 cup oats (ground)
- 1 egg,
- half mashed banana,
- 1/4c cacao nibs,
- a 1/2c 0 calorie sweetener,
- 1 tsp baking powder.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix all the ingredients.
- The mixture should be like sticky cookie dough.
- Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray.
- Drop dough by large tablespoons onto cookie sheet; flatten a bit with a rubber spatula. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until cookies are set.
- Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.