Bananas for Bananas


Let’s talk about bananas: Bananas are a powerhouse of essential nutrients and vitamins, all of which change depending on the level of ripeness. Diet is just as important as exercise, as what you put into your body affects how you feel, how you function, even how you think! Some of the best things you can have in your diet are fruits and veggies! Diet, paired with regular exercise, can extend your life and make you feel vibrant.

When it’s green - These are best for people who are suffering from gastritis and diabetes. The resistant starches and fiber keeps the glycemic index low and helps settle the stomach. Avoid these if you have constipation.?????????

When it’s light yellow - The ripening process has just started and is still full of fiber and complex carbohydrates. At this stage it can help reduce diarrhea, and still has a higher satiety than ripe bananas. Avoid these if you have constipation.

When it’s bright yellow - This is when the banana has become ripe and most of the complex starches have broken down into sugar. They are great for reducing constipation and help in keeping your gut happy. Once they become a bright yellow, they are not recommended for those who have diabetes as their glycemic index increases significantly.?????????

When it’s got freckles or brown patches - At this point, almost all the starches have broken down into sugars, the chlorophyll has broken down into antioxidants and the water soluble vitamins are reducing. They are easy to digest. Due to their high antioxidant levels they have been shown to have anti-cancer properties. These should be avoided by people with diabetes, as their glycemic index is too high.

Bananas make a great addition to your breakfast routine: You can put them in smoothies, on top of toast, or enjoy them as-is without anything extra! They give you an energy boost as a mid-day snack. They can also be your after-dinner treat when you have a sweet craving.

Next time you enjoy a banana, remember that you're giving your body a big hug!