Baby Banana

Posted by queenmadison



Are you wondering how to make your kid be the best of who he is but giving him the right nutrition isn't that easy as a breeze...

Well, why not try giving him what he really need to complete his dietary nutrition... aside from giving your child milk as an added diet. You should also give him the best fruit in the world (for me!) BANANA! And soon if you keep on reading this article banana will also be on your number one list to buy at the market! trust me.

A banana is the most nutritiously complex and unique of all fruit, probably because, unlike other fruit, it doesn't come from a tree at all, but a giant fruiting herb, the world's largest. Legend has it that the forbidden fruit offered by Adam to Eve in the Garden Of Eden was in fact a banana.(which btw is surprisingly funny!) In some parts of the world, green bananas are cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

Dubbed "Nature's Wonder Fruit", bananas are the only fruit to contain all the major vitamins: A, B1, B2, B6, and C. They are also high in dietary fibre, potassium and magnesium. With on average 2-3 times the level of carbohydrates of other fruit but no fat, bananas are a complete meal in themselves and the ideal high energy snack. And imagine my surprise when i found out that banana is one of the few fruits that also contains the complex carbohydrates found in grains, cereals and vegetables, which is why it's such a good source of energy. Here is the nutitional info for the nerdy eyes:
Per 140g (weight of average Cavendish) Carbohydrates (g) 27.8 Dietary fibre (g) 3.1 Retinol equiv. (ug) 18.0 B-car equiv.(ug) 110.0 Vitamin B1 (thiamin) (ug) 70.0 Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) (ug) 149.0 Vitamin B3 (Niacin) (mg) 1.2 Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.7 Vitamin C (mg) 16.0 Folate (ug) 20.0 Protein (g) 2.2 Potassium (mg) 476.0 Magnesium (mg) 47.6 Phosphorous (mg) 39.2 Fat (natural oils) (g) NIL

Despite of the dispelling fat myth its creamy texture a banana contains no fat. Infact an average banana contains only 501kj or 120 calories, (weight for weight about the same as cottage cheese.) And because it's so filling, is ideal for that mid-afternoon energy-boost.
And speaking of ENERGY... if your kiddie or yourself is always in high stress with school activities and work and stuff all you need is a doze of banana and you are ready to go! Cause you see, it is rich in Vitamin B6 that helps you cope up with stress. Vitamin B6 is involved in the transmission of impulses in nerves and muscles and is important in making red blood cells. It is also needed for the conversion of tryptophan to niacin. Tryptophan produces serotonin which has a calming effect on the body (this is why B6 is sometimes referred to as the anti-stress, good mood vitamin.)
Serotonin functions as a neuro-transmitter and carries messages to the nerve and brain cells. Some drugs used in treating depression cause serotonin to be released from storage sites at nerve endings.
B6 is sometimes used in hormonal disturbances in women, and is often prescribed for those women experiencing morning sickness, taking oral contraceptives or suffering from PMT.
A lack of B6 leads to many problems. The skin, nerves, muscles and brain are affected. Mental depression, convulsion, skin rashes, irritability, weakness and anaemia occur.
Caffeine and alcohol will deplete the body of Vitamin B6.
Bananas have more Vitamin B6 than any other fresh fruit and are regarded as an excellent source of this vitamin. (Other major food sources include fish, lentils, beans, pork, poultry, meat and nuts.) However, as cooking partially destroys B6, it is best obtained from a fresh food source such as bananas.
1.5 bananas a day will provide the daily allowance of Vitamin B6 for women aged between 19-54.
Also if your kids are having a wild tantrums... throw him a banana.
There is an increasing body of evidence that what we eat may alter the levels of chemical substances in the brain which affect our moods.
Besides vitamins, we need amino acids, "the building blocks of protein" , in our diet.
Some amino acids the body can manufacture, others are "essential" , that is, we need to eat foods that already contain them.
Researchers have now found links between certain amino acids in the blood and reactions which affect mood. Some amino acids can be carried into the brain, where they stimulate the production of chemical messenger substances called neurotransmitters. Tryptophan is one such amino acid. It stimulates the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter which has a calming effect on the body.
Where people have little or no tryptophan in their system, they may become tired or irritable or blue.
About 45% of people suffering from depression are found to have a low level of serotonin in the brain. Anti-depressants, such as Prozac, work by regulating the body's serotonin levels.
Peter D. Kramer, author of "Listening to Prozac" , writes: "Serotonin is known to affect sleep, appetite and the like, but most dramatically, raising the level of serotonin seems to enhance security, courage, assertiveness, self-worth, calm, flexibility, resilience. It makes people feel safe."
A natural alternative to consuming manufactured drugs is to simply eat more of the foods that stimulate the production of serotonin, such as bananas.


And well, ofcourse you want your lil kiddies to be a healthy genius aight? Banana also helps in increasing brain power with potassium.Potassium is essential to mental function, brain power and nerve impulses. Infact, according to certain biochemists, no new brain cells can be made without potassium.
Bananas, one of natures richest sources of potassium, are also one of the easiest ways to give your body this important mineral.
Potassium plays a crucial role in fluid balance, the mechanism by which cells are nourished and cleansed. Potassium (K+) is the principle positively charged element in fluids inside the body cells, while sodium (Na+) is the main positive element contained outside the cells. Maintaining the right balance between these mineral salts is critical for the body to remove toxic wastes, maintain correct blood pressure and remove fluid retention.
Stress, overprocessed foods, diarrhoea can all cause potassium deficiency. Eating foods high in salt will lead to an imbalance between sodium and potassium in the body and some scientists believe this disturbance in the body's chemistry is the starting point for all illness, cancer included.
Cooking leeches out most of the potassium in foods, which is why it is best obtained from raw foods such as bananas.