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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 6:55 pm 
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After Reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!

Bananas Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression:
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS:
Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia:
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power:
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation:
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers:
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn:
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of
a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves:
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work?
Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging
on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers:
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control:
Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking:
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress:
Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes:
According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine," eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 7:50 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:16 pm 
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Bananas RULE!
And indeed, like Broccoli and Spinach, are super foods!
I eat them everyday!

(But few words of warning)

1. Do not eat more than three per day, as you could get constipated.

2. Never put them in the Fridge.

3. Never put one in your front pants and go to a disco and..er..uh..I mean, not that I've ever done that, mind you....

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:33 pm 
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I found this:

Bananas are the (only) fruit that for some people can work fatting because they contain a lot of starch (more starch than sugar). Those people shouldn't eat too many bananas a day.

To ripen bananas - throw them in a brown paper bag (not in the fridge).

I usually wait til my bananas are over-ripe then I throw them in the freezer. I will thaw 2 or 3 and then make this.....

My Mama's Banana Bread Recipe. :) (Turns out perfect every time!)

1/2 c. butter or margarine
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs
2 or 3 bananas (over-ripened and mashed)
1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix the dry into the mixed wet ingredients. Pour into a loaf pan (I usually spray with Pam and lightly dust with flour.)

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or more til you can stick in a toothpick and remove it cleanly.

Feel free to add nuts! ENJOY!!! :D


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Mmmmm...Banana bread.......ggguuhhhhrrrlllll......



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:32 am 
I dont know why but it works .

A banana and a can of Coke before you go to the gym for an energy kick that seems to last the workout .


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 4:59 pm 
Coke? That's can't be good for you.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:04 am 
it`s better if it`s flat , and I`m a race car , I dont run on low octane .


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:56 am 
in Canada we use this to up the octane level

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Not sure if it's good before training :lol:


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Maybe in some scenario situations ...


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:rofl:


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This man needs professional help.
Quick..

http://www.bananaclub.com/bmsoft.htm

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 Post subject: bananas and chemo
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:06 pm 
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I'm a cancer patient. When I have a chemo treatment, I find 2 days later I lose my appetite and taste buds completely for 3 to 4 days. I have discovered bananas are the only food I can eat at that time. Today is day 2 after my last chemo treatment. And yes.....I stocked up on bananas and just had my first for the day.

And Mary.....my mother shared the same banana bread recipe with me. But, don't forget to wrap in foil while hot and refefrigerate <a must>. Can be frozen for a very long time.

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Mary, first of all, all the best on your fight!!! You go girl. Stay strong, keep positive and know there are people out there rooting for you!!!!!!

I think the best recipes are the ones that everyone shares and stand th test of time. I've found lately that I halve the banana bread and stick a portion in the freezer....then I'm not tempted to sit down and eat the whole thing right out of the oven! 8O

I've started taking a banana to work every day. I eat half in the morning (usually my breakfast) and the other half in the afternoon (when I'm starting to fade a bit). .... and they say apples are the perfect fruit.... :)


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