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Today, we’ll talk bananas. Any gym freak here? Well, this article might just be for you! You’ll get to know that not only bananas but also banana flowers or ‘banana heart’ can be beneficial for you!
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Banana is not a fruit, as many people used to call it, it is a thick-skinned and multi-seeded berry that grows on a herbaceous plant up to 13 meters high, with very large leaves up to 3 meters long and 1 meter wide. Banana is the tallest herb in the world after bamboo.
Bananas are grown in tropical and subtropical countries, Japan, Australia, and even Iceland. The main suppliers are India, China, Africa, Ecuador, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Banana fruits come in various types and shapes - cylindrical, oblong, or triangular. In length, the fruits grow from 3 to 40 cm, have a peel of green, yellow, and red with a silvery tint. The flesh of the green banana is firm, gradually becoming soft and juicy, it is creamy, orange, white, and yellow. Seeds are present in wild species of berries, while cultivated ones practically do not. Banana blooms very beautifully, during the period of active growth of the plant, which lasts 8-10 months.
From the tuberous underground stem, a peduncle grows through the entire trunk and forms an inflorescence similar to a large bud of greenish and purple hues. At the base of the peduncle, there are tiers of flowers - at the very top are large female flowers that form fruits, below are bisexual flowers, and at the very bottom are male, smallest flowers. Each flower consists of 3 sepals and 3 tubular petals. Most plants have white flowers, and the leaves that cover them are purple on the outside and dark red on the inside. Banana inflorescences are drooping and erect, depending on the variety and type.
Banana heart banana or banana flower is a wonder in itself!
Only a few know that banana flowers are consumable. They are eaten raw, in salads, a variety of desserts, deep-fried, caramelized, charcoal baked, and many other wonderful exotic dishes are prepared.
In Thailand, you can enjoy banana flowers on the street. The flowers are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. To find out what the flower tastes like, pinch off the tip of the inflorescence and taste the juice flowing from there on the tongue.
For pregnant women:
1. Prevention of vitamin deficiency
The banana flower is loaded with complete nutrients for the baby. This helps prevent a child born with vitamin deficiencies.
The benefits are not just for the baby, the nutrients of the banana flower are also needed for the mother, and both can benefit. One of the essential vitamins is vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant. You can also find it in orange and there are several benefits of orange during pregnancy in the first trimester.
2. Increased breast milk
The mom-to-be should carefully plan how to properly breastfeed her baby, as this is an important part of his beginning in life. Consuming banana flowers increases breast milk production, hence eradicating any difficulty while breastfeeding.
3. Reduction of morning weakness
Almost every pregnant woman experiences morning sickness, and this condition is extremely uncomfortable. Fortunately, simply consuming a banana flower can help you fight nausea and vomiting that make it harder to do life's activities.
4. Treatment of anemia
You must make sure that your iron intake is sufficient, especially during pregnancy, otherwise, you will suffer from anemia. This condition can be harmful if you are pregnant because you may be tired and weak all the time. Bringing your iron levels back to normal by consuming a banana flower is not a bad idea.
5. Decrease in blood sugar levels
One of the common problems during pregnancy is the rise in blood sugar levels in pregnant women, which makes them look like diabetic patients. To prevent and treat this condition, you can eat a banana flower while reducing your sugar intake daily. Eating guava is another solution, as one of the health benefits of guava during pregnancy is controlling the rise in blood sugar.
These are the boons that banana blossom offers to a pregnant woman, that is 2 people residing in one. I'm pretty sure you have a nice estimate of how beneficial it will prove for you or any person in general!
Every 100 grams of banana flowers provides the nutrition listed below:
100 g of the fruit contains 96 kcal, vitamins E, A, C, and many useful substances:
Here are some of the best recipes to try using banana flowers. (Recipe cards linked!)
100 grams of banana flowers or banana blossom comprise 40 calories on average making it one of the best superfoods for weight loss.
That is all you need to know about Bananas for today. See you soon peeps!