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Eating Bananas: The Advantages & Disavantages

Bananas are tasty and taking them can give you all the amazing benefits associated with this powerhouse of nutrients.

An average-sized banana contains potassium, vitamin B 6, vitamin C, magnesium, copper, manganese, carbohydrates, fiber, protein, fat, and calories.  These nutrients help in regulating the blood sugar levels after meals and help in controlling the food carvings as they slow down the process of stomach emptying.

There are a lot more health benefits of eating bananas.

 

Cleanses the colon

Bananas are rich in enzymes that cleanse the colon. When the gut is healthy, the body is able to absorb more nutrients from the food you eat. In addition, bananas are a rich source of dietary fiber and fructose. These nutrients keep the gastrointestinal tract healthy. They also boost the metabolic rate so you’re less likely to gain weight.

 

Aids digestion  

Although loaded with fiber, bananas are very easy to digest. They are filling, delicious and are low in calories. During the mornings, the stomach remains at rest. Just like a well-oiled machine, the stomach needs more time before it starts working at its peak. At this point, the stomach cannot tolerate hard-to-digest foods.

 

Low in calories

Eating a banana is an excellent way to control your calorie consumption. You can eat as many bananas as you like during the morning and not worry about going overboard. You don’t feel deprived because you are always full.

 

Helps in weight loss

The fibers and low calories trigger natural weight loss. It is not automatic, but if you eat 2 bananas before each meal (which is only around 180-200 calories) then you will not be hungry and thus will not have the desire to consume a 1,000 calorie meal.

 

Good for cardiac health

The presence of potassium and magnesium, which are considered as good for your heart health, makes banana a food that facilitates the maintenance of heart health.

 

But of course, if there are advantages there should be also disadvantages. Some of the disadvantages of eating too much bananas include:

 

Headaches

Eating more bananas than your body is able to tolerate can trigger headaches. This is because bananas contain certain amino acids that are known for causing blood vessels to dilate. This can be especially problematic if you eat bananas that are overripe.

 

Sleepiness

Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid known for making people sleepy. A banana’s carbohydrates block other amino acids from entering the brain, so there is an influx of tryptophan that leads to an increase in the production of serotonin, another sleepiness trigger. Bananas are also high in magnesium, which relaxes the muscles. So, eating more than you should per day will likely trigger sleepiness. 

 

Hyperkalemia

Bananas are a great source of potassium, but too much of a good thing can be dangerous. Too many bananas cause an excess of potassium, which can trigger hyperkalemia. This condition causes nausea, a slower pulse, and an irregular heartbeat. It can also trigger cardiac arrest. More than a dozen bananas in a short span of about a day can lead to too much potassium in the system. This might need to be treated with diuretics and kidney dialysis.

 

Nerve damage

Believe it or not, too many bananas in a short period of time can cause nerve damage. This is a risk for those eating a banana-only diet. Bananas contain a great deal of vitamin B6, again, something that is healthy in the right dosage. However, too much can numb the extremities and cause permanent damage in the nervous system. Keep in mind you would need to eat more than 100 bananas per day to overdose on B6, so chances are unless you are entering a banana eating contest, you are in the clear. 

 

Tooth decay

Bananas are a sugary fruit, which usually is not a problem for most people. Since it is natural sugar, it does little harm, other than boosting caloric intake. However, if you overdo it, you can experience all the usual disadvantages of eating too much sugar, including tooth decay. The acid from too many bananas can eat away at your tooth enamel, damaging your dental health.

 

Eating banana is good, but balance is advised. One banana a day is okay if you suffer from hypertension and need extra potassium, otherwise a few bananas throughout the week is a nice safe amount.

 

Do you love bananas? We hope you found this article enlightening. Let us know in the comments!

Eating Bananas: The Advantages & Disavantages was last modified: June 30th, 2017 by Obiageli Asika