Coconut is an essential part of any religious function but if coconut is not available, banana comes for rescue. Banana itself is very important part of religious functions and wedding function. The whole bunch is offered to God. People worship the tree to get the benefits of the Jupiter planet or Brihaspati. It is offered to lord Vishnu. It was derived by man in prehistoric times from wild bananas which grew in the regions stretching from India to New Guinea. Over 4.5 million tonnes of fruits are produced annually.
Banana is perhaps the cheapest and the most extensively eaten fruits in the tropics. There are many varieties, each with a distinctive flavour. It supplies more calories than other fresh fruits. Ripe banana contains carbohydrates in the form of sucrose, fructose and glucose which are readily digested.
The whole plant is very useful . The flower , the leaves ,the stem ,the fruit all are used in food . The nature has made amazing items. I feel really sorry for the people who never feel the importance of food.
Raw banana is cooked and eaten. The digestion and absorption of banana depend on the starch content .
Bananas prevent from cataracts.
Feeling a bit anxious, try eating a banana. It contains 5-hydroxytryptamine,( a serotonin , a mood enhancing neurotransmitter) ,vitamin B6 , small amounts of tryptophan, these may promote a relaxed state of mind. This may ward off depression, anxiety , stress , chronic fatigue syndrome and insomnia. Tryptophan stimulate the production of serotonin. Eating complex carbohydrates enhance the absorption of tryptophan.
Vitamin B6 facilitate communication between muscle and nerves. It also help to make red blood cells. It may also be useful in preventing the moodiness associated with premenstrual syndrome. Bananas are excellent source of vitamin B6. Cooking partially destroys this vitamin so it is best to eat banana uncooked.
Eat bananas to regulate levels of hormones implicated the development of acne lesions. It may reduce the outbreak.
Studies suggest that sugar molecules in bananas called fructooligosaccharides (FOS ) encourage beneficial bacterial growth in the intestine. This “friendly bacteria “may help to reduce toxins produced by unfriendly flora in the colon and improve nutrient absorption.
Banana is considered to be an antidote against opium poisoning.
Banana is diuretic.
Pectin is heart healthy.
Herbal tea made of plantain reduce cough , hoarseness, whooping cough.
After an episode of diarrhoea, a BRAT diet is recommended. The diet consists of Banana Rice Applesauce Toast. Bananas are easily digested and contain high levels of potassium which helps replace the electrolytes you lose when you have diarrhoea. A high banana diet probably increases the butyric acid concentration in the colon , this may control diarrhoea by inhibiting the growth of B.coli. The soluble fiber pectin is also helpful in controlling diarrhoea. It helps to absorb excess fluid in the digestive tract. It also slows down transit time in the digestive tract and add bulk to stools. Cooked bananas make pectin more available therefore it is best to eat cooked raw bananas. It is also useful in dysentery.
In some constipated people, bananas acts as a mild laxative.
They can be given as a source of calories in a non residue diet , for example, in diarrhoea and ulcerative colitis.
The fruit is in relief of dry cough arising from the throat or chest.
Banana is also prescribed in urinary problems involving the bladder.
Banana contains potassium lowering blood pressure and possibly diminishing blood clots and preventing strokes. Eat a day helps to deal with heart and circulation problems.
Research links high potassium intake with a reduced risk for kidney stones so a banana a day is useful.
A lack of minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium is probably the biggest cause of nighttime leg cramps. Eat banana to solve the problem.
Apply the inside of a banana peel to a wart on the sole of the foot and secure it with a bandage.
To help swollen feet , try eating bananas. They are a natural source of potassium which helps relieve fluid retention.
During the worst phase of the flu , you probably won’t have an appetite at all. But when you are ready to make the transition from liquids to more substantial fare , put the emphasis on bland starchy food. Bananas are excellent choice. For a refreshing dessert, peel and freeze very ripe bananas, puree and have it.
Banana contains copper.
Banana makes a nurturing conditioner. Mix one crushed banana with one tablespoon of avocado and massage the paste into hair and scalp. Cover hair with a plastic wrap and towel, leave for some time, rinse hair with warm water and wash with a mild shampoo.
The leaves are not eaten as such but raw food wrapped in the leaves makes aromatic and tasty dishes.
Hot food served on banana leaves are really far more better options than styrofoam or plastic plates.
Squeeze the liquid from fresh leaves of the plantain, dab the juice directly onto blackheads and pimples with a cotton wool.
Sprinkle freshly squeezed plantain herb juice on a cotton cloth and place the cloth on the forehead like a headband to relieve from headache.
The juice of the plant is prescribed in certain nervous disease such as hysteria and epilepsy.
Crush a plantain leaf between the fingers and press it onto the site of insect sting.
Steamed banana leaves are used for dressing burn wounds.
Cooked banana flowers and banana stem can be eaten by diabetics.
The juice of the flowers is considered to be useful in dysmenorrhoea (painful mensuration) and menorrhagia (excessive mensuration ).
It is believed in Ayurveda that the stem juice is an effective agent to dissolve the renal stones and stones in bladder. A special variety of banana found in Karnataka and North Kerala is very effective.
Banana can be a potential troublemaker for the child by the onset of colic if the mother eats .
Plantain flower and green plantain contains good oxalic acid content so it is advisable to consume it in moderation.
A high banana diet results in a rise in its urinary excretory product, 5-hydroxyindolacetic acid (5-HIAA).
Banana is not for people suffering from ischaemic heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Enjoy eating a banana every day. It will help to start an energetic day. A banana and a glass of milk with a whole wheat bread is an ideal breakfast for a school going child.