According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), more than 130 countries in the world currently produce bananas, the most popular fruit and one of the largest crops in the world.
They come in an ideal portion size, they naturally produce their own handy protective wrap and they are extremely economical. Fresh and creamy, bananas mix well with so many other foods and they make a very healthy snack.
Research studies have concluded that eating bananas is associated with cutting your risk of renal cell carcinoma. They are rich in vitamin A, B6, C,potassium, magnesium, calcium, flavonoids, antioxidants and fibre.
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Bananas have the potential to protect you against chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and certain types of cancer.
Bananas… contain dopamine, a natural reward chemical that boosts your mood.
In times of stress our bodies need four to five times more nutrients on days when we are suffering from stress, than a normal day when all is going along beautifully.
In an excellent researched backed article by Mercola et al he suggests that you strive to eat the foods listed below regularly (not just in times of stress) to help maintain mental, emotional, and physical balance in your body.
The Best Foods for Managing Stress
- Dark Chocolate… has even been referred to as the ‘new anti-anxiety drug’
- Protein… a small amount of eggs, cheese, nuts
- Bananas… contain dopamine, a natural reward chemical that boosts your mood
- Coffee… affects numerous neurotransmitters related to mood control
- Turmeric… has neuro protective properties and may enhance mood
- Purple Berries… aid your brain in the production of dopamine
- Omega-3 Fats… especially salmon can bring about a reduction in anxiety
- Oolong Tea… for overall calming, anti-anxiety effect.
- Fermented Foods… resulting in reduced anxiety and depression-related behaviour
- Kiwifruit… contain 85% of the daily vitamin C for warding off stress-induced illness
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