Oh, About Those Bananas

Well, I ate the bananas as I said I would. It started out 2-3 a day, but became cumbersome, so I tapered to 1-2 a day and stayed there. Even making shakes became cumbersome.

After about 9 days I lost 7 pounds and stayed there. Of course I didn’t diet in any other way, except of course the animal-free component.

Eating the bananas filled me up but also made me make more lower calorie and fresh food choices. Still, I didn’t lose any more than the 7 pounds.

So, essentially, if you want to lose 7 pounds fairly rapidly, eat 2-3 bananas a day, then taper off to 1-2 a day to stay there.

Aside: Although the dates on the scales are a month apart, I had every intention of losing more, so didn’t photograph after I lost the 7 pounds.

Something I learned about bananas is that they contain latex. So if you have a bona fide latex allergy, and you probably already know this, you shouldn’t eat bananas.

Years ago, allergies were defined differently than they are today. Where once getting a runny nose and sneezing were signs of an allergy, today it’s defined as a severe reaction causing swelling of the tongue and face and going into anaphylactic shock. You decide whether bananas are for you.

Another benefit, was that if you eat a banana first thing in the morning without anything else to eat or drink with it, it helps in the regularity department. In other words it acts like a laxative minus the intestinal cramping. If you can tolerate bananas, loading on bananas might make a good, natural cleanse, that’s also inexpensive.

That’s it on my banana story. A quick 7 pound loss that stuck with me.

Oh, the monkey part, about eating bananas like monkeys do to limber me up, didn’t work.



While most people make smoothies, that is they add ice to the blender ingredients, that’s usually too cold for me, so I use mostly cold ingredients and make a shake instead.

Eating 2-3 bananas a day on the BANANA DIET gets cumbersome, so I variate by putting them in a shake now and then.

Ingredients for this shake include Silk 8 Gram protein milk, carrot juice and banana. That’s it. Use the amounts of each you like, then blend and drink.



Honestly, I never even thought about eating a banana peel. Nobody I ever saw eating a banana also consumed the peel. Here are a few ways you can. Yes, it is interesting!





Easy, fresh, velvety smooth. Perfect dress for fresh fruit! Top with smoky brown sugar walnut crumbles takes the party to the roof top. A fresh spinach bed teams up well with the crumbles extending texture contrasts without cluttering it!

Makes 2-1/4 cups dressing


AFC BANANA DIET – I’m going to eat like a monkey and see where it takes me

Although for the past several months I focused a lot on eating healthy and not necessarily dieting, I’m now ready to get more serious in the weight reduction category.

Just as always I’m back up to 162 pounds with a height of five feet eight inches from my 148 pounds on 31 December 2018. I ate whatever I wanted, when I wanted and did for the most part enjoy it. I kept thinking that as long as it was moderately healthy, then I was okay. I really can’t eat a lot at one sitting, like so many other people I see eating. I can however, eat throughout the day and night.

I came to the conclusion that I try to cure everything by consumption. Chronic pain is a bitch and I’ve got it. Pain pills don’t help my balance issues nor my cognitive skills, so I’m left to my own devices, which don’t work very well. Primarily it goes like this: in pain? eat. feel punky? eat. tired? eat. need energy? eat. tired? eat. foggy? eat. excited? eat. happy? eat.

I put on a lot of muscle, especially in my trunk – sustained a few exercise injuries, one severe enough for me to put the rowing machine away – probably blew a couple spinal discs in my lumbar region that severely limit my flexibility when in motion due to pain that feels like my body is being cut off at the waist – had a serious sudden bout with pneumonia along with sepsis and who knows what other harmful organisms are still lurking in my blood and organs – but at least the fever has remained normal long enough for me to focus on living again instead of focusing on trying not to die.

Experimenting with new foods, new combinations of foods, nutritionally dense foods, raw foods, supplements, teas, coffees, health shots and drinks, every kind of nut and nut bar may have made me healthier, but I still did get pneumonia even though I was current on all my vaccines and I still felt like I was being slowly paralyzed.

In the past, bananas didn’t appeal to me, even though I did eat them on occasion. Fruit, unless it’s in a salad with dressing or cooked doesn’t either. Sure I do eat fruit, but it’s rare to find a really ripe, sweet piece of fruit even though the markets are flooded with an expansive variety of deceptive gems that look like they’d be exactly that, until I get them home and am most always disappointed. I’ve eaten a lot of grapes lately, but my weight hasn’t changed and the fat and muscle around my frontal trunk is hindering my mobility and enjoyment of life.

Steve keeps the refrigerator stocked with bananas, because he eats half a one a day, so lack of immediate availability is not an excuse.

For some reason, when I got up today and looked in the refrigerator for something for breakfast, the bananas drew my attention. I wonder. I envision a monkey or ape moving around without thought – and that’s one of my greatest concerns to stay mobile and out of a wheelchair – I don’t want a walker either. I start to think why monkeys and apes are so agile, swinging from limb to limb on the trees, hopping up and down, climbing trunks with such ease. That’s it. I want to be a monkey or an ape. I thought I came from one anyway, so why don’t I eat like one?

So here I am with my bananas. I read a couple articles this morning and wow, bananas are just what the monkey doctor ordered.

I’ll start out by eating three a day, any time I want them, but just three for now. Whatever else I eat or drink I’ll determine as I go along and see where I am in a week.

I started taking a B-complex vitamin, but don’t take it every day – when I feel like it.

I’m optimistic about this new diet plan.






A wide variety of health benefits are associated with the curvy yellow fruit. Bananas are high in potassium and pectin, a form of fiber, said Laura Flores, a San Diego-based nutritionist. They can also be a good way to get magnesium and vitamins C and B6.

“Bananas are known to reduce swelling, protect against developing Type 2 diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with production of white blood cells, all due to the high level of vitamin B6 that bananas contain,” Flores told Live Science.

“Bananas are high in antioxidants, which can provide protection from free radicals, which we come into contact with every day, from the sunlight to the lotion you put on your skin,” Flores added.

A 2017 meta-analysis published by Prilozi Section of Medical Sciences suggested that unripe green bananas offer some health benefits. They may help with controlling gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea and ulcers, and may lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Some studies have suggested that the lectins in green bananas could provide treatment for HIV patients.

At the other end of a banana’s life, research has shown that the levels of nutrients rise in bananas as they ripen. Bananas with dark spots were eight times more effective in enhancing the power of white blood cells than green-skin bananas, according to a 2009 study published in Food Science and Technology Research. White blood cells fight infections from bacteria, fungi, viruses and other pathogens.

Bananas are good for your heart. They are packed with potassium, a mineral electrolyte that keeps electricity flowing throughout your body, which is required to keep your heart beating. Bananas’ high potassium and low sodium content may also help protect your cardiovascular system against high blood pressure, according to the FDA.

A 2017 animal study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama found that the potassium in bananas is also linked to arterial effectiveness; the more potassium you have, the less likely your arteries are to harden. In the study, mice with lower-potassium diet had harder arteries than mice consuming a normal amount of potassium. Arterial stiffness in humans is linked to heart disease.

Bananas can be helpful in overcoming depression “due to high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter,” Flores said. Plus, vitamin B6 can help you sleep well, and magnesium helps to relax muscles. Additionally, the tryptophan in bananas is well known for its sleep-inducing properties.

Bananas are high in fiber, which can help keep you regular. One banana can provide nearly 10 percent of your daily fiber requirement. Vitamin B6 can also help protect against Type 2 diabetes and aid in weight loss, according to Flores. In general, bananas are a great weight loss food because they taste sweet and are filling, which helps curb cravings.

Bananas are particularly high in resistant starch, a form of dietary fiber in which researchers have recently become interested. A 2017 review published in Nutrition Bulletin found that the resistant starch in bananas may support gut health and control blood sugar. Resistant starch increases the production of short chain fatty acids in the gut, which are necessary to gut health.

For replenishing energy and electrolytes, bananas can be more effective than sports drinks. A 2012 study published in PLOS One looked at male athletes competing in long-distance cycling races. They compared athletes refueling with Gatorade every 15 minutes to athletes refueling with a banana and water. Researchers saw that the athletes’ performance times and body physiology were the same in both cases. But the banana’s serotonin and dopamine improved the athletes’ antioxidant capacity and helped with oxidative stress, improving performance overall.

Carrots may get all the glory for helping your eyes, but bananas do their share as well. The fruits contain a small but significant amount of vitamin A, which is essential for protecting your eyes, maintaining normal vision and improving vision at night, according to the National Institutes of Health. Vitamin A contains compounds that preserve the membranes around your eyes and are an element in the proteins that bring light to your corneas. Like other fruits, bananas can help prevent macular degeneration, an incurable condition, which blurs central vision.

Bananas may not be overflowing with calcium, but they are still helpful in keeping bones strong. According to a 2009 article in the Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry, bananas contain an abundance of fructooligosaccharides. These are nondigestive carbohydrates that encourage digestive-friendly probiotics and enhance the body’s ability to absorb calcium.

Some evidence suggests that moderate consumption of bananas may be protective against kidney cancer. A 2005 Swedish study found that women who ate more than 75 servings of fruits and vegetables cut their risk of kidney cancer by 40 percent, and that bananas were especially effective. Women eating four to six bananas a week halved their risk of developing kidney cancer.

Bananas may be helpful in preventing kidney cancer because of their high levels of antioxidant phenolic compounds.

While not exactly a health benefit, a study published by The Royal Society found that the potassium in bananas is correlated with women giving birth to baby boys. The study looked at 740 women and saw that those who consumed high levels of potassium prior to conception were more likely to have a boy that those who did not.

Bananas may also help prevent gestational diabetes. Lack of sleep during pregnancy can contribute to gestational diabetes, according to a meta-analysis published in Sleep Medicine Reviews. But the magnesium and tryptophan in bananas can help ensure a good night’s rest.

Eaten in moderation, there are no significant side effects associated with eating bananas. However, eating the fruits in excess may trigger headaches and sleepiness, Flores said. She said that such headaches are caused by “the amino acids in bananas that dilate blood vessels.” Overripe bananas contain more of these amino acids than other bananas. “Bananas can also contribute to sleepiness when eaten in excess due to the high amount of tryptophan found in them,” she said. Magnesium also relaxes the muscles — another sometimes-benefit, sometimes-risk.

Bananas are a sugary fruit, so eating too many and not maintaining proper dental hygiene practices can lead to tooth decay. They also do not contain enough fat or protein to be a healthy meal on their own, or an effective post-workout snack.

Eating bananas becomes significantly risky only if you eat too many. The USDA recommends that adults eat about two cups of fruit a day, or about two bananas. If you eat dozens of bananas every day, there may be a risk of excessively high vitamin and mineral levels.

The University of Maryland Medical Center reported that potassium overconsumption can lead to hyperkalemia, which is characterized by muscle weakness, temporary paralysis and an irregular heartbeat. It can have serious consequences, but you would have to eat about 43 bananas in a short time for any symptoms of hyperkalemia to occur.

According to the NIH, consuming more than 500 milligrams of vitamin B6 daily can possibly lead to nerve damage in the arms and legs. You would have to eat thousands of bananas to reach that level of vitamin B6…

FINISH READING: Bananas: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts




6 Good Reasons to Eat a Banana Today

What goodness is in a banana? Other than being rich in vitamin B6, bananas are a good source of vitamin C, dietary fibre and manganese.

W​hat do these mean for your health? The Dietetics Department at Tiong Bahru Community Health Centre explains.​ ​

BANANAS are not only rich in vitamins and fibre, but are also fat-free and cholesterol-free.

Ever wondered what goodness is in a banana? Other than being rich in vitamin B6, bananas are a good source of vitamin C, dietary fibre and manganese. Bananas are also fat-free, cholesterol-free and virtually sodium-free. So what do these mean for your health?

Ms Peggy Tan, Dietitian, Tion​​g Bahru C​ommunity Health Centre, a member of the SingHealth group, explains why bananas are good for you and when you should eat them.

Health benefits of bananas​​

1. ​Bananas are one of the best fruit sources of vitamin B6​

Vitamin B6 from bananas is easily absorbed by your body and a medium-sized banana can provide about a quarter of your daily vitamin B6 needs.

Vitamin B6 helps your body:

produce red blood cells,

metabolise carbohydrates and fats, turning them into energy,

metabolise amino acids,

remove unwanted chemicals from your liver and kidneys, and

maintain a healthy nervous system.

Vitamin B6 is also good for pregnant women as it helps meet their baby’s development needs.

2. Bananas are respectable sources of vitamin C

You may not associate bananas with vitamin C but a medium-sized banana will provide about 10% of your daily vitamin C needs.Vitamin C helps:

protect your body against cell and tissue damage,

your body absorb iron better,

your body produce collagen – the protein which holds your skin, bones and body together, and

support brain health by producing serotonin, a hormone that affects our sleep cycle, moods, and experiences of stress a​nd pain.

3. Manganese in bananas is good for your skin

One medium-sized banana provides approximately 13% of your daily manganese needs. Manganese helps your body make collagen and protects your skin and other cells against free radical damage.

4. Potassium in bananas is good for your heart health and blood pressure

A medium-sized banana will provide around 320-400 mg of potassium, which meets about 10% of your daily potassium needs.

Potassium helps your body maintain a healthy heart and blood pressure. In addition, bananas are low in sodium. The low sodium and high potassium combination helps to control high blood pressure.

5. Bananas can aid digestion and help beat gastrointestinal issues

A medium banana will provide about 10-12% of your daily fibre needs. Singapore’s Health Promotion Board recommends a daily dietary fibre intake of 20g for women and 26g for men.

Soluble and insoluble fibres play an important role in your health. Soluble fibre helps your body control your blood sugar level and get rid of fatty substances such as cholesterol. Insoluble fibre adds weight and softness to stools, making it easier for you to have regular bowel movements. This helps to keep your gut healthy and safe from harmful bacteria.

Bananas, especially newly-ripened ones, contain starch that does not digest (resistant starch) in your small intestine and is able to pass into the large intestine. Such bananas help you manage your weight better as you stay full for longer.

That said, bananas can help you beat gastrointestinal issues such as:


stomach ulcers, and


6. Bananas give you energy – minus the fats and cholesterol​

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – giving you a fat and cholesterol-free source of energy. As such, bananas are ideal, especially for children and athletes, for breakfast, as a midday snack or before and after sports.




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