You should eat more bananas. You might be asking why? And I am here to give you three A’PEELING reasons why you should eat more bananas. If you refuse to eat a banana because you don’t like the taste, then that’s understandable. Just like you, I used to hate them, but one day I gave a banana a chance and ever since then I eat two a day. But when you think about the convenience, nutritional benefits and cost they are unmatched when comparing it to other fruits.
First up is looking at the convenience of eating a banana. If you go to the store you might gravitate towards something like an apple. But choosing a banana will make life much easier for you. Bananas have a unique coating that are packed with polyphenols, carotenoids, and other antioxidants that fight cancer-causing free radicals in your body. You’re probably used to throwing away the peel whenever you eat bananas, but did you know those are edible too? Eating more banana peels, especially green, unripe peels, can increase your antioxidant levels and help reduce your risk of cancer. Another reason the peel provides more convenience than other fruits is because you don’t have to wash them and can use the peel as a protection against the bacteria on surfaces. Choosing bananas means taking your convenience in the RIPE direction.
Next is looking at the nutritional benefits. Bananas contain nutrients that moderate blood sugar levels. They contain lots of fibers and those fibers reduce blood sugar spikes. Unripe bananas are a great source of resistant starch. Therefore, they may help improve insulin sensitivity. Bananas improve digestive health. They contain carbohydrates that are easily broken down which helps with digestion. It also restores lost electrolytes into the body that could have been lost with various stomach ailments. Bananas contain fiber, potassium, folate, and antioxidants, such as vitamin C. All of which support heart health. A 2017 review found that people who follow a high fiber diet have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those on a low fiber diet. Clearly bananas have tons of health benefits that are worth checking out. You can really PEEL the effects.
If after all of that you are still not hooked on bananas, the cost will hopefully convince you. You can buy bananas individually, called “fingers,” or you can buy them in bunches called “hands.” One banana is priced at about 59 cents in the US, but you can get them at Walmart for 29 cents. For most people this is a very affordable price for what you are getting. It’s true that not everyone has access to fresh fruits and vegetables, but bananas come in abundance in almost all supermarkets. Although not everyone has access to fresh fruits and vegetables, or they are just hard to find. For the people that can, they are a great option.
I hope this was enough evidence to get you to eat more bananas, or at least give them a try. They are one of the easiest fruits to carry around as a snack, they pack tons of nutritional benefits and for most people they come at a cheap price. They are the all-stars of fruit and give you the most bang for your buck.