Random banana fact: Botanically, bananas are actually berries. That aside, bananas have various benefits for your health. It contains several nutrients including magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, fibre etc. Here are some things that happen when you eat bananas.
1. Helps You Burn Fat
Bananas contain choline, a B-vitamin which directly affects genes that cause fat storage around the belly and abdomen. A lot of heavy alcohol drinkers have big bellies because alcohol depletes choline leading to weight gain around the belly. Other food sources of choline include lean meats, seafood and collard greens.
2. Helps Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
Bananas protein and healthy fat helps slow down your body’s absorption of its sugar content into your blood stream. This helps keep your blood sugar levels stable. This results in a consistent energy boost, instead of a sugar spike and crash.
3. Reduced Cravings
Bananas contain a lot of fibre helping to keep you full for longer. It contains resistant starch which are not digested but help feed healthy bacteria in your gut. Apart from providing a long and steady supply of energy for you, its filling effects help you feel fuller for longer, ensuring that you eat less throughout the day.
4. Helps Lower Bad Cholesterol Levels
Bananas contain phytosterols, compounds which help lower Low density lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol levels. Bananas also contain vitamin B6 which helps with heart health, immune health, digestive health as well as nervous system function.
5. You’ll Digest Easier
Bananas can help your digestion because they contain prebiotics which are non-digestible carbohydrates that feed your good gut bacteria (probiotics) and boost digestion. They also contain fructooligosaccharides which is a cluster of fructose molecules that lead to better and improved gastrointestinal health.