This is the post in the series of foods that burn fat. Our food today is about bananas. This article is from Chiquita.com and belongs to Chiquita.com.
Bananas provide both energy and nutrition without fat. Bananas are ideal for people looking to lose or maintain weight through sound nutrition, while also giving the body sustenance for daily strength and fitness. Bananas offer the body carbohydrates – its main source of energy – and provide a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and dietary fiber. This amazing package of natural energy, minerals, vitamins, fiber and phytonutrients is also fat-free!
Carbohydrates supply fuel for the body
A single medium-size, ripe banana contains 29 grams of carbohydrate. Carbohydrates provide fuel for muscle and central nervous system activity and help the body efficiently use nutrients for good health. From these carbohydrates, the banana contains a mixture of simple sugars, starch and dietary fiber. This carbohydrate combination provides the body with both a quick boost and a sustained release of energy over a period of time, which helps to improve endurance and concentration during physical activity.
Proponents of some low-carbohydrate diets assert that bananas should be avoided during the “induction” phase of the diet program due to their carbohydrate content. Not only does this approach deprive the body of its preferred source of energy from a fat-free food, but it also robs the body of a food that contains several beneficial nutrients with no fat, sodium or cholesterol.
Bananas contain dietary fiber which is useful for weight management.
Dietary fiber is useful for weight management: One banana has 16 percent of the daily reference value of dietary fiber. Fiber-containing foods tend to produce a feeling of fullness in the stomach, thus helping you control the quantity of food you eat. Also, soluble fiber slows digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, which leads to a more steady release of natural energy. No wonder why the fiber-containing, nutrient dense, fat-free banana is so popular for those people with active lifestyles and, in particular, those involved in sports! Fiber can also help with constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticular disease.
Bananas have vitamin C which helps the body heal
Vitamin B6 supports the immune system: One banana has 20 percent of the reference daily intake of vitamin B6, which is significant in the synthesis of antibodies in the immune system. It also helps in protein metabolism, red blood cell formation and functioning of the central nervous system.
Potassium is essential for building muscles: One banana has 11 percent of the daily reference value of potassium, which helps the body to maintain fluid balance in blood and tissue cells. Potassium is also an essential mineral for protein synthesis and the building of muscle because it stimulates nerve impulses for muscle contraction.