Winter is on to us. And so are the hunger pangs that strike so often now. If you are looking for a foolproof way to diminish hunger then turn to a banana.Surprised? Don't be.
The banana is considered an anomaly in fruits; a food that leads to weight gain. But that's not true. Rather, bananas are a zero fat food loaded with resistant starch (RS), a healthy carbohydrate that fills you up and keeps those cravings away. Plus, they help boost metabolism. And what's more, resistant starch consumption is associated with lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and better calcium and magnesium absorption in the body. Medium-sized bananas give you 4.7 grams of resistant starch, perfect to keep you full for a long duration.Other high RS foods are bulgur wheat (dalia), corn, barley, brown rice,lentils and potato.
Compare it to an apple, a banana has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the potassium and twice the vitamin C, iron and phosphorous than the fruit that apparently keeps the doctor away. And what's more, a medium banana contains less than 100 calories.
Ever noticed that the banana is a hot favourite with athletes? That's because it contains three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose - combined with an extra large dose of fibre, so it gives an instant boost along with sustained and substantial energy.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.If had with a little salt, it effectively treats dysentery too.
Bananas are a perfect Rescue Recipe for those trying to junk the cancer stick. The vitamins B6 and B12 and high potassium and magnesium found in it help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.