Health Benefits of Freeze-Dried Bananas

 
 
DARK CHOCOLATE WITH FREEZE-DRIED BANANA
 

To enhance the flavor and health benefits, we’ve combined freeze-dried banana with dark chocolate. As the smooth, delicate chocolate melts in your mouth, you'll taste the sensations of the tropics with a succulent banana.


Freeze-dried banana refers to the process of removing moisture from frozen fruit. The removal of water occurs under a vacuum, by gently applying pressure that transforms the frozen water directly into vapor thus creating light and crunchy fruit. This process leaves the cellular structure intact, retaining the nutrition of the banana.

 
EVERYONE'S FAVORITE
 

Creamy, rich, and sweet, banana is a favorite fruit for everyone from infants to elders.

Not only it is delicious and fun to eat, it provides several key nutrients for everyday health. The humble banana is really a super food in disguise.

Eating it can give you a quick energy boost, making this fruit popular among athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

 
VITAMINS & MINERALS
 

Bananas is an excellent source of B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, potassium, biotin, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and copper.

Vitamin B-6, niacin (B3), riboflavin (B2), pantothenic acid (B5) and folate (B9) are acting as co-factors help the body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats.

Vitamin B-6, niacin (B3), riboflavin (B2), pantothenic acid (B5) and folate (B9) are acting as co-factors help the body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats.

Getting an adequate amount of vitamin B6 may lower your risk of heart disease and certain kinds of cancer. It may slow down the decline of older adults' cognitive function and reduce the severity of premenstrual syndrome symptoms. Vitamin B-6 works with the enzymes in your body to promote metabolic reactions essential for healthy immune system function, protein production and blood sugar maintenance. Your bone marrow uses vitamin B-6 to aid in the production of hemoglobin, the protein within your red blood cells that carries oxygen.

Vitamin C not only helps your immune system work its best, it also acts as an antioxidant. In this role, vitamin C neutralizes damaging free radicals that destroy healthy cells. High levels of free radicals in your system increase your risk of chronic diseases, including cancer and heart damage. Since vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, having these two nutrients in the same food is beneficial. Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen, found in your skin, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.

 
 
 

Potassium is a mineral that works with sodium, water and other nutrients to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level. Potassium is an electrolyte, meaning it helps conduct electricity throughout your body.

Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has a cardiac-protective role as well. Manganese functions as an antioxidant in skins cells and other cell types. It helps protect skin against oxygen-related damage and against damage from ultraviolet (UV) light. It also helps you metabolize carbohydrates and regulate blood sugar levels.

Copper and iron are involved in red blood cells formation. Phosphorus and calcium are the primary building blocks of bones and teeth.

Bananas contain health promoting flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, ß and α-carotenes in small amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.

 
 
 
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Cardiovascular Health
 

Bananas is a good source of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. While they are a very low-fat food, one type of fat that they do contain in small amounts is sterols like sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol. As these sterols look structurally similar to cholesterol, they can block the absorption of dietary cholesterol, thus helping us keep our blood cholesterol levels in check. Approximately one-third of the fiber in bananas is water-soluble fiber. Soluble fiber in food is a type of fiber especially associated with decreased risk of heart disease, making regular intake of s a potentially helpful approach to lowering your heart disease risk.

 
 
DIGESTIVE BENEFITS
 

Because bananas contain the prebiotic compound fructooligosaccharide, they provide nourishment to the probiotic flora, or good bacteria, present in the gut. Prebiotics are insoluble fiber components present in food that stimulate the growth of bacteria in the digestive system and help produce digestive enzymes. A strong showing of healthy prebiotics and probiotics in the intestinal tract is beneficial to the immune system and overall digestive health.

Bananas also have a small amount of soluble fiber. As soluble fiber travels through your intestines, it soaks up liquid and creates a thick sludge. Soluble fiber is responsible for slowing digestion, a process that helps vitamins and minerals fully absorb in your gut.

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
 

The unique mix of vitamins, minerals, and low glycemic (causing glucose/sugar in the blood) carbohydrates in bananas has made them a favorite fruit among endurance athletes. Banana pulp is composed of soft, easily digestible flesh with simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly; thus, bananas are being used by athletes to get instant energy. Since they are a good source of potassium, and since low potassium levels are known to contribute to risk of muscle cramps, this fruit has long been valued by athletes for prevention of muscle cramps. In a recent study, consumption of bananas prior to an hour of exercise was shown to keep blood potassium levels higher after the training. They also contain the amino acid tyrosine, which reacts with certain vitamins to help your brain produce a chemical, called norepinephrine. This combination may enhance your alertness, motivation, memory and ability to focus; another reason athletes often opt for bananas during water breaks.

 
 
SAY GOOD-BYE TO DEPRESSION
 

Bananas can reduce depression because they contain tryptophan, which converts to serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for mood and sleep patterns.

 
 

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