Why are bananas so good?

Why are bananas so good?

Is that a banana in your pocket?

No? Well, it should be. Bananas are your perfect workout fuel at any time. That’s certainly what footballer Dani Alves thought when someone provocatively chucked a banana at him during a match last week. He remained calm, peeled the banana, and promptly ate it.  The incident sparked a huge social media campaign with many people tweeting their own picture banana-munching moments.

When is your ‘banana-time?’

  • Pre-workout. Bananas are rich in natural sugars which give your cells sustained energy to exercise. For this reason, many people eat a banana within the hour before they exercise. Studies show bananas are just as effective as sports drinks for enhancing performance, plus you get all the nutrients.
  • During exercise. Bananas have extremely high potassium content which helps replace minerals lost through sweat, prevents muscle fatigue and increases alertness during your workout. If you get cramp, try a few bites of banana!
  • Perfect post-workout fodder. The fast-acting carbs in bananas restore your body’s glycogen levels. Protein and carbs are required to help rebuild muscles after a workout. Smoothies or chocolate banana milkshakes are scientifically proven to be one of the best recovery drinks.
  • Snack attack. Is there a more handy fruit to pop in your bag than the ready-wrapped banana? The high fibre content helps satisfy appetites, and only 100 calories each means they’re actually an excellent snack choice for slimmers.
  • Anytime! It won’t be long before we’re watching Wimbledon players taking quick bites of bananas between tennis sets. Mountains of bananas are similarly devoured by post-race athletes throughout the world.   And we’ve all grabbed a convenient banana on those ‘no-time-for-breakfast’ mornings.  It seems there are no rules for when to eat a banana. It’s just perfect anytime workout fuel and the whole world knows it.

They’re truly wonderful fruit. So take bananas (and go bananas) at the gym!

 

Comments

Freya W.
21 May 2014

Freya W.

More should be written on bananas - they're amazing!

Pete R.
14 May 2014

Pete R.

Those banana cases also clip to your bike so you can take one out with you without fear of it squashing!

Trevor D.
11 May 2014

Trevor D.

I think you can get special banana-cases to prevent squashing. Although you may need to buy the correctly sized banana!

Matthew C.
11 May 2014

Matthew C.

I love bananas and eat at least one each day. I eat mine either before or after workouts, - don;'t really care which - and never had any bad effects from either time. I like mine only just ripe though, and that gives them the benefit of not squashing in your bag so easily!

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