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five reasons to... EAT BANANAS.

1 BANANAS help with digestion THE high-fibre content of a banana helps to promote a harmonious gut function, easing the symptoms of bowel conditions.

In Ayurveda medicine, the balance between sweet and sour tastes in the fleshy fruit is said to bring about a sense of heaviness, while stimulating the important flow of agni - or digestive juices.

They're a good hangover cure, helping to restore normal bowel function as well as important electrolytes and potassium.

2 THEY'RE an instant energy boost FORGET sugary sports drinks and caffeine-filled coffees: bananas are secretly the healthiest way to get an energy hit in the morning.

They contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose - giving you a fat and cholesterol-free source of fuel.

3 BANANAS keep your heart healthy THE starchy flesh inside a banana is loaded with potassium - a mineral that is essential for heart health.

A potassium-rich diet can help lower blood pressure, and studies have shown that people who load up on the mineral have up to a 27% lower risk of heart disease.

Amazingly, the average banana contains a whopping 425 mgs of potassium, about 11% of the recommended dietary allowance.

4 THEY'RE good for your eyes BANANAS, like carrots and pumpkins, are packed with antioxidant compounds and carotenoids, as well as a potent mix of minerals that can have positive effects on the health of your eyes.

Macular degeneration, cataracts, night blindness and glaucoma have all been shown to decrease by regularly eating bananas.

5 BANANAS can help with weight loss BANANAS contain very few calories (about 100 per fruit), yet they're filling and very nutritious.

Less ripe bananas are filled with resistant starch, which has appetite-reducing effects helping you to feel fuller after meals.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 24, 2018
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