Eating bananas has been shown to help control blood pressure even in those who rely on blood pressure medication. High blood pressure is a serious medical condition that must be diagnosed, treated and monitored by a doctor. The affects of ignoring high blood pressure can be deadly!
If you are trying to avoid developing high blood pressure, exercise and a healthy diet are at the top of the list in preventative measures.
Bananas, at about one hundred calories in a medium size banana, are a great source of potassium which has been shown to aid in the control of blood pressure. A banana a day might be all it takes to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.
Bananas also provide fiber, the good kind known as soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can also help control cholesterol. In addition, bananas have Vitamin C. All good things for a healthy heart! Combine bananas with the benefits of eating pears and you have a great start towards a healthy diet!
How to Buy Bananas
When buying bananas, look for yellow, unblemished skin with or without brown specks. Avoid single bananas as a bunch still attached will last longer.
Store bananas at room temperature until they ripen. Once they are ready to eat you should refrigerate them to prevent further ripening.
How to Eat Bananas
You can freeze bananas by peeling them and wrapping them in plastic wrap. You can eat like a Popsicle or puree with milk to make a frozen dessert.
Slice bananas in coin size pieces and saute in orange juice with cinnamon or nutmeg. Smells great while cooking too!
Add a little lemon juice to bananas to prevent browning during preparation.
Bananas also make a great addition to batters for muffins and quick breads!
Enjoy bananas knowing they are an important part of a healthy diet and can help control your blood pressure and your cholesterol!