….about a banana(Pros and Cons of Banana Consumption)

The PROS of Bananas

Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese, and of course potassium.

Many articles and research I’ve read also indicates consumption of bananas may be associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer.

Also, banana ingestion may directly affect the production of dopamine, which is a precursor to the amino acid tyrosine.

Tyrosine is a powerful “neurotransmitter” that can help increase focus and concentration. It’s often used in pre and post workout supplements because of it’s amazing benefits.

So as you can see, the banana is an awesome fruit, but there IS a downside…

The CONS of Bananas 

The banana is very unique. And depending on WHEN you eat it during the ripening process will determine on how it affects insulin and/or fat-loss.

Here’s why…

During the ripening process, bananas produce a plant hormone, which indirectly affects the flavor. This hormone (called ethylene) stimulates an enzyme (amylase) that breaks down the starchy component (glucose) into sugar (fructose and sucrose), which makes is taste sweeter.

Simply put, the riper the banana the less glucose and more fructose and sucrose (sugar) it will have.

So unlike any other fruit, ripe bananas are extremely high in sucrose, which is basically the equivalent of table sugar.

(by Shaun Hadsall) 

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