You know how people say, “you are what you eat”. So I decided to do some reading on this topic and clicked on a great article about ripe bananas (of all things) from the “Power of Positivity” site.
I have always been attracted to bananas. I have always known they are a great energy food. They often get handed out at the end of endurance events and I have perked myself up many a time mid bike-ride.
But there is much more to the simple banana than I first thought.
The article starts with the proposition that . . . “Bananas are easily one of the healthiest, nutrient-packed foods on the planet, and contain more potassium than any other food.”
But that’s not all. Eating bananas:
• Gives you more energy;
• Helps with weight loss;
• Are great for the brain;
• Help to balance your homones;
• Alleviate heartburn;
• Lower blood pressure and keep your blood healthy;
• Are great for your bones;
• Treat stomach ulcers;
• Can cure hangovers;
• Alleviate constipation; and
• Enhance memory
Another great article – “12 Foods Happy People Eat”. Bananas get a mention of course – but also blueberies, acai berries, greens, nuts and seeds etc.
Also check out Mind.org.uk website where they explore the relationship between what you eat and how you feel.
I agree – I know what foods make me feel bloated and tired (junk and highly processed food) and I know what food makes me feel lighter and more energised (yes bananas of course, but also things like sushi, fish and salads). If I am not sure about something I close my eyes and imagine how I will feel 20 minutes after eating something – your body will always give you the right answer!