Throughout the month of May, we’re spotlighting our delicious and creamy Chocolate Banana Shake of the Month! Along with enjoying this sweet treat, did you know that you could be enjoying special potential health benefits from bananas? Score! Take a look at some of the following nutritional fun facts about one of the main ingredients from our Shake of the Month!
Banana Health Benefits
Many of you might already know that banana is quite the superfood. With its high levels of antioxidants, nutrients, and low level in calories, bananas are a common go-to for those who are striving for a healthy snack. However, did you know the following specific health benefits bananas can provide?
Reduce Appetite and Improve Digestion
Bananas are good sources of two types of fiber: pectin (ripe bananas) and resistant starch (unripe bananas). Fiber has been linked to improving digestion and satisfying appetites, therefore making bananas a solid option for those who are trying healthier eating.
Lower Risk of Disease
Due to their high levels of vitamin B6, bananas can reduce the risk of disease, aid white blood cell production, and strengthen your nervous system!
Support Heart Health
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and magnesium, which are essential minerals for blood pressure control and heart health.
Relieve Muscle Cramps
Has anyone ever recommended eating a banana if you were experiencing painful muscle cramps while exercising? This is because they can provide relief for exercise-induced cramps from their nutrients and easily digestible carbohydrates.
Relieve Itching and Irritation
Did you know the banana peel has benefits as well? If you have an itchy bug bite, try rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the source. The peel can actually reduce the annoying and irritating desire to scratch!
Help Lower Body Temperature
Next time you’re feeling uncomfortably hot from a fever or a warm summer day, reach for a banana! Bananas contain an astringent called tannin, which helps the body absorb more water. The more water your body absorbs, the cooler your body will feel?
Stop by your nearest Ruby’s Diner to try our Chocolate Banana Shake of the Month and tag us in your photos on Instagram using @RubysDiner and the hashtag #RubysDiner!
Disclaimer: Eating bananas, or any food, does not guarantee described results. Individual reactions can vary. Consult a health professional for advice.