Let’s find out more about the first fruit of the year, the banana! It has great nutritional values and it is just one of those typical foods we all have at home and never imagine how many different dishes it can be put into. You can, of course, eat it as it is, but you can also add it to your desserts and main courses. However, before getting into the recipes, let us give you some interesting information about this amazing fruit!
Firstly, it is a great ally for our digestive system. Consuming it habitually will regulate bowel problems and its antacid properties make it ideal for people who suffer from stomach ulcers.
On the other hand, bananas give us a lot of energy (doctors recommend eating one a day, ripe with spotted and darkened skins, preferably in the morning) and are perfect for days in which we engage in sports activities since it can prevent muscle cramps. Also, it helps lowering arterial hypertension, treating anemia and regulating the nervous system.
Furthermore, it can reduce nausea for pregnant women and calm menstrual cramps, working even on a hormonal level.
In addition to this, it is a fruit rich in potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium. The prevailing vitamins it contains are vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C and E, but it has also high amounts of fiber and tryptophan, one of the 8 essential amino acids in the human diet that alleviates depression, aids sleep and weight loss.
On a neurological level, it helps stabilize mood and nerves, thanks to the potassium, and serotonin contents. The presence of dopamine also helps to protect against some kinds of neuro-degeneration (like Parkinson’s disease) and has numerous benefits for the brain, helps to strengthen the heart, and enhances circulation. Nevertheless, please remember that this can only be a supplement, and cannot substitute medication or medical treatment.
This week on Baking Moods we are going to prepare various dishes we are sure you are going to enjoy if you love this fruit. Bananas are particularly suited for desserts, as they can substitute and increasingly reduce sugar quantities.
Enjoy our star of the week and our new recipes: banana ice cream, fajitas, flan and dumplings!