Why We're Bananas for Bananas
When I was weight-training years ago, I focused on eating loads of protein. Carbs took a backseat in my diet. It was a plan that was difficult to stick to over time, as it was tough to beat those ridiculous carb-cravings. Plus, I later learned – balance is the key to a sensible diet.
During this gym rat period of my life, I stayed away from bananas because I knew them to be high in carbohydrates. What I didn’t know was that bananas also have plenty of fiber and starch, which makes you feel fuller for a longer period of time. The fiber content in a banana helps slow the release of carbs into the bloodstream – one of the many reasons they are the fruit of choice of athletes. The magnesium and potassium help relax stressed muscles.
The other reason I later discovered it's a wonderful ingredient – you may have noticed most of our smoothie recipes contain a banana – is because they’re a good source of Vitamin B6, and the previously mentioned manganese and potassium. If you’re like me and you like your bananas slightly green, well there’s even more reason to eat them as slightly un-ripe bananas contain a slimming resistant starch. Your average slightly green banana boosts your metabolism with its 12.5 grams of this starch (compared to a ripe banana that has nearly five grams of resistant starch).
We’re not done trumpeting banana’s powers just yet. If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, eating a banana can help achieve some solid Zzzs. Bananas also contain tryptophan, which your body converts to melatonin and serotonin. Both those naturally occurring hormones and chemicals have a relaxing effect.
As you can see, we’re bananas about bananas!