Bananas: When and why you should eat them
One fruit in particular that we all know of is our yellow friend: the banana. Bananas are popular worldwide and are being eaten by millions. I’m sure you’ve eaten your fair share of bananas too, but what exactly are the benefits of this fruit? There are several, actually too many to name in this article. I’m going to tell you just a few reasons why you should be eating bananas, and the best times to eat them for optimal effect.
Why should I eat bananas?
Like I said, there are many reasons to eat bananas. One such reason to eat bananas, strange as it may sound, is that they can help overcome depression. Why? Because of the high levels of tryptophan. Your body uses tryptophan to create serotonin – the neurotransmitter which affects mood, anxiety, and happiness; and is widely believed to play a key role in the central nervous system.
Bananas also contain a lot of iron, this helps strengthen your blood and relieve anemia. Additionally, bananas are high in salt and potassium, which can help you protect against strokes, heart attacks and even help lower your blood pressure. A banana could even help you focus during a test, because of the high levels of potassium.
When should I eat bananas?
Apart from the benefits, it’s important to know when you should eat bananas to achieve the best results. Bananas pack a great deal of great simple sugars and carbohydrates. You can either eat one before a workout, or after it. I personally like to eat a banana before a heavy workout, and then drink a cup of fresh made coffee to give me that extra boost in the gym, without all the extra chemicals found in pre-workout formulas.
I would also recommend eating a banana between meals to stabilize your blood sugar levels and reduce nausea if you have any morning sickness. If you don’t like to eat a banana before your workout, it’s also good to eat one after your workout. A post-workout banana will help you recover from a heavy workout or cardio session by refueling your body of carbohydrates that were depleted, which can help replenish glycogen stores and shuttle protein into the muscle for optimal repair and recovery.