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Possibly the best fruit on earth

BananasI haven’t eaten any banana for a while since my mom suffers from diabetes. But yesterday I stumbled upon a good read about Chiquita bananas and it went off to a research-spree on banana nutrition facts. I know I’m obsessed with facts & statistic. I think being a former math teacher (for kindergarten🙂) I somehow acquired the habit of researching whatever I find. The afternoon turned out to be quite productive as I discovered many things new about bananas.

Reduce pain from menstrual cramps

As a matter of fact, bananas reduce pain from cramps as it’s rich in vitamin B6. This particular element also helps regulate blood glucose level. Now think about it I have to ask the doctor why my mom shouldn’t eat bananas.

Make you calm

This is probably why all the tennis players eat bananas during their break (I love tennis btw). Containing tryptophan, serotonin and norepinephrine, bananas help fight depression and balance your mood.

Protection from HIV!!!

This comes as a surprise to me. But apparently

, a lectin protein called BanLec can bind HIV-infected cells and help prevent them from replicating and transmitting. Awesome!

Baby Food

Bananas are considered the perfect food for your baby when he/she started eating solid food.

You are eating hands & finger (Ewh!)

When you eat bananas you are eating hands & fingers of a berry. Fact: bananas don’t grow on trees, they are classified as tree-like perennial herb. A single banana is a finger while a bunch of them is a hand. Pretty funny though.

Smokers’ best friend

Since bananas are high in potassium and magnesium, bananas help smokers recovering from nicotine withdrawal.

Those are the pretty interesting stuff I found about bananas. You can actually find the aforementioned info and more HERE. I will probably start eating more bananas from now on! It’s Paleo too.


Paleo Criticism

Paleo DietIndeed, there has been number of criticism towards Paleo. Some even go the extent of calling this diet a “scam” or “fear mongering”. So is there any truth towards these claims? I can give you a firm “NO” for the answer. Those who started these claims are often ignorant about the benefits and underlying concept of Paleo, or just try the diet for 2 weeks and declare that it’s useless.

Here are some of the common criticism that you will likely come across:

Cavemen only lives half as long as modern people. So Paleo is nonsense.

Yes, it’s true that cavemen only short-lived. But they died mostly because of external causes like extreme weather condition, predatory threats, natural disaster and such. They don’t die because of diabetes, cancer and many other chronic diseases. Modern people wouldn’t live half as long in the same condition. Secondly, medical advancement has been able to keep our lifespan longer. That doesn’t necessarily mean that our quality of life has improved.

Paleo is just another low-carb diet which will be harmful to your health in long term.

Essentially, Paleo is not a low or zero-carb diet like Atkins. Carb counting is not part of this diet. It focuses on removing the harmful carb in excessive amount. You still get enough carb from veggies and fruits. The aim of Paleo diet is to adjust our diet to how our body is supposed to eat for over 100,000 years. It will increase the overall energy level and improve immune system which will be beneficial in long term.

There are many other claims that critic the Paleo way, but trust me, you don’t want to believe those. And what’s better than try it yourself and see the actual result. I was able to get awesome result for this with this diet and so many people, it could be your turn now. Oh, and in case you want to convince someone to go Paleo this discussion offers some good tips