By Tara Fuller
It is such a travesty when people trying to lose weight decide to banish bananas from their diet because they believe bananas are too high in calories, and therefore will interfere with their weight loss goals. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, incorporating bananas in your diet may help you shed those unwanted pounds.
A medium sized banana has about 100 calorie and provides 3 grams of fiber, is chalk-full of potassium, calcium, magnesium phosphorus and iron; are a good source of Vitamins A, C as well as riboflavin, thiamine and niacin.
- Researcher from The Smell Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago found just smelling a banana may reduce appetite.
- Store bananas at room temperature for best taste but once ideal ripeness has occurred, store in the refrigerator to slow further ripening (banana skins will get dark or possibly even black but the banana will be the ripeness it was when you popped it in the fridge).
- To speed the ripening process, place bananas in a paper bag along with an apple
- Bananas date back to 500 BC
- Early Greeks called bananas the "food of the wise"
- Alexander the Great mentions bananas in his conquests.
- A full stalk of bananas can weigh up to 150 pounds
- There are over 1000 varieties of bananas
*Select bananas with green hues because the resistant starch has broken down in yellow ones.