Five Reasons Why You Need Bananas in Your Diet

Bananas (edited)Most dieters fear fruit. They claim that fruit has too many carbs or too much sugar, and it will only stall their weight loss. Even the dieters that do eat fruit regularly swear off bananas as being “bad” in their diet. If you have kicked bananas to the curb, here are five reasons to add them back to your diet:

  1. Bone Strength: Bananas have a great amount of potassium in them, which can counteract calcium loss in urine. This prevents the bones from thinning and prevents osteoporosis.
  2. Depression: If you are struggling with depression, you should be eating at least two bananas a day. Bananas have Tryptophan in them, which is a protein that converts to serotonin. Serotonin helps lift one’s mood and relieve stress. Eat a banana after a bad day at work, and you are less likely to reach for a bowl of ice cream to combat your stressful day.
  3. Anemia: A lot of people struggle with anemia and the fatigue that goes with it. Instead of relying on iron pills, try eating more bananas. Bananas have a good source of iron in them and help stimulate the production of hemoglobin.
  4. Muscle Cramps: The potassium and B6 in bananas help prevent and relieve muscle cramps. For women, you can eat them before and during your time of the month to ease your cramps. If you suffer from muscle cramps in bed, try eating a banana and drinking a glass of water before bed.
  5. Relieves Constipation: Bananas have a good amount of fiber in them and can help get things moving in the bathroom. Don’t believe us? Eat a banana first thing in the morning with a glass of water and you should see relief in less than an hour.

These amazing benefits prove that bananas are not as evil as everyone makes them out to be. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can enjoy banana cream pie guilt- free. Eat bananas when you need a quick snack, blend them in smoothies, and add them on top of oatmeal.

 

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