Whether a banana is a fruit or a vegetable is rarely questioned. Not like with tomatoes or peppers, for example. We mostly refer to plants as fruits if they have fleshy fruits. In that case, tomatoes are fruits. Based on this, corn should also be considered a fruit. But maybe not, as there are also plants classified as vegetables that we consume their actual fruits, along with the seeds, not their leaves, stems, or roots. Examples of such plants are cucumber, squash, avocado, pepper, and tomato.
Banana is currently the fourth most important plant in the world after rice, wheat, and corn. It originates from the territory of New Guinea and spread throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. It reached Europe in the 11th century. Nowadays, it is a well-known popular fruit available all year round, including in Europe.
The beneficial effects of bananas on the body have long been known, and they are not only applicable internally but also for hair and skincare externally. The effects can already be felt by consuming just one banana a day. However, it is not advisable to exceed this quantity because bananas have a relatively high calorie and sugar content, which may not be suitable for people with diabetes or should be consumed in limited amounts.
Medicinal benefits of bananas
Consuming bananas is regularly recommended for the following issues and conditions:
- Weakness, fatigue
- Physical exertion
- Pregnancy, children in development, elderly nutrition
- Stress, nervousness
- Digestive problems
- Joint inflammation
Ideal ways to consume bananas
Bananas can be used in various ways, but the simplest is to eat them fresh. In cases of severe weakness, an ideal way to consume bananas is in the form of banana cream with honey or dried fruit. Many banana-based pastries and banana smoothies are popular choices. Less known but very special is banana jam, which is worth trying if you have plenty of ripe bananas. It’s great to always have a few ripe and delicious bananas at home because by consuming one banana a day, you are already doing a lot for your health.
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