Okay, so majority of you must be thinking this is a weird post. And not gonna lie it’s quite an interesting blog post to write about.
Many of those who know me, I can eat 8-10 bananas in one sitting. Like I’ll buy a bunch at the grocery store and I will literally begin eating them in the car and by the time I come home I will have like 1-3 bananas left.
This is typical me.
I come home with the leftovers and my boyfriend always says thats all the bananas you have bought? I say back well I kinda ate a bunch and these weren’t that ripe. He always picks on me that I have baby monkeys at the back of my car, helping me eat all these delicious sweet bright yellow bananas. Everybody thinks I’m a monkey, but who doesn’t like monkeys, lol!
But I don’t think I have met one person who hates bananas. Like they are a staple in pretty much every household that I know! Not only are they the cheapest fruit, but they are delicious, nutritious, creamy and fill you up!
Organic vs. Conventional
Oh if you can, try to purchase organic bananas over conventional bananas. Conventional bananas are sprayed with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides. Even though this fruit as a peel, these chemicals can leak into the fruit and you are eating this. Organic bananas are usually just a couple cents more per pound and totally worth your health!
There is alway a bunch of bananas in my house. I love how simple and tasty they are. When traveling there is one always in my purse and you will find me buying bananas when I am out and about.
My love for “spotted” bananas
How do you pick the right banana?
Picking the “right banana” for you should be something worth thinking about, as it will have a reflect on how your body will react to it.
All these years, we’ve been taught to pick bright yellow bananas. We would purchase bananas unripe (green or yellow-green) and leave them on the counter to let ripen. But once the household begins to see brown spots, we think it is too over ripe and straight they go into a recipe of a delicious banana bread or end up in the garbage.
However, eating bananas with black spots is when a banana is ripe. Fruit should be only eaten when fully ripe as it can cause digestive issues especially bloating! Eating ripe bananas make a world of a difference to how your body will break it down and how it will benefit the body.
Eating any fruit when it is ripe, contains the highest amount of vitamins, minerals, cancer-fighting phytonutrient and most importantly contains all the proper enzymes to help with digestion and the break down of the fruit.
I know many people who just avoid fruits because whenever they eat fruits, they usually end up eating them not ripe, which usually causes them to bloat, gas, indigestion, heartburn and cause more issues when one has IBS. Many plant based individuals even vegans are aware of eating fully ripen fruit because I know i have experience these issues as well. You really don’t feel great. We shouldn’t say no to the most nutrient dense foods on earth; fruit. Just simply be aware of eating ripen foods.
When should you eat your fruit?
Also, if you aren’t a raw vegan and still eat cooked foods, just a small tip…
Eat your fruits before any cooked meals. This is because fruits digest so fast in the body. However, when fruit is eaten after a cooked meal, it is trying to digest on top of the cooked food, causing fermentation in the stomach. Which your stomach acids need to work harder and also you will not experience much tummy comfort. Pay attention to it next time you do it. If you do have a cooked meal, wait at least 1-2 hours before eating fruit. It will make a difference!
Back to spotted bananas
I love eating spotted bananas (ripe) as they are so easy for the digestive system when on a plant-based lifestyle. Many might think having that many bananas is a little excessive. But, if you are plant-based, than it is not excessive at all. In fact, you are thriving off off the high carbohydrates. Sometimes that maybe your meal, or having a few bananas might be your snack. If you are on a regular diet, having 1-2 bananas is awesome for your health. Don’t fear of their carbs and sugar at all. I’d be fearing those “100 calorie snacks” that are filled with unnecessary ingredients that lead to more issues down the road.
Spotted bananas are always a good thing, and if you buy unripe bananas, try to leave them on your counter without a plastic bag and in the sunlight. Your fruit will contain high vibrancy!
Conducted by Japanese researchers they have discovered yellow spotted bananas with lots of dark spots were found to be effective cancer fighting properties as they contained a substance called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), which destroys cancerous tumours. Helps regulate your immunity and destroys/stimulates those white cells.
Just eat a spotted banana a day to keep cancer away!
More benefits of eating bananas other than their known feature of getting your potassium…
All these benefits below are from Live Love Fruit/health benefits of bananas site that perfectly described the benefits of bananas without going too much into detail but makes everyone understand.
1. Reduce depression
Bananas contain catecholamines, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine (1).
2. Regulate the bowel system
Bananas are high in non-digestible fibbers like cellulose, hemicellulose and alpha-glucans (4) which helps prevent constipation and restores and maintains regular bowel function. A 7-8-inch banana has more than 3g of fibre! This composes nearly 8% of your total daily requirement of fibre, and helps ease waste through the GI tract.
3. Reduce blood pressure & risk of heart disease
4. Help our bones grow stronger
Bananas help our body retain minerals like calcium, nitrogen and phosphorous, all of which help to build healthy and regenerated tissues.
5. Help individuals to quit smoking
6. Help prevent anemia
7. Provide us with energy
We all know bananas are a rich source of sucrose, fructose and glucose, all of which compliment the high fibre in the banana, and thus releases the sugars slowly into the bloodstream to give us stable energy throughout the day.
8. Reduce menstrual pains
Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 which helps to regulate blood glucose levels and thus positively affect your mood.
9. Power our brains
Our brains run on glucose – therefore, bananas are great to help boost our brain power.
10. Help prevent ulcers
I hope this allowed you to fall in love with bananas again!
You should go eat a spotted banana right now, no excuses.Lets do a banana cheers!
Fall in love with fruits again!