An interesting proposition was proposed in a vegan forum recently. The question was this: What would happen if you ate two bananas every day for a month? Since I started my path to veganism by eating mostly fruits I thought this was an interesting question and one that deserved an answer. I'm all about studying vegan food so let the research begin.
The vegan diet gets a lot of flack which is odd considering it is by far the healthiest lifestyle. Last year there was a fascinating article in Time magazine where scientist ranked the best foods for you to eat of all time. If you missed it you can see all 50 of the top ranking foods here. I think a lot of people were surprised to see that bananas were #1 on that list. Yes, bananas. I have always used bananas in my vegan recipes as much as possible so this was good news to me.
How in the world did bananas beat out kale, spinach, and blueberries as the best vegan food for you to eat? It's not even a vegetable, it's a fruit. This flies in the face of all conventional wisdom about fruit. Don't all the experts say you should limit your fruit due to the high levels of sugar in them? Aren't they really more like a dessert than a health food, and something to be eaten cautiously? As many of us know none of that is true. Fruit is a delicious source of high nutritional content and it tastes great! That is one thing that makes it the worlds most perfect vegan food.
First, let me blow your mind. Bananas are technically listed as a herb. Is your mind blown now? I know mine was. As a vegan I thought I was aware of everything about fruits and vegetables. But I didn't know that. If we are going to be properly technical about it bananas are a fruit that come from a herb. The ‘tree' that bananas come from is technically regarded as a herbaceous plant (or ‘herb'), not a tree, because the stem does not contain true woody tissue, according to Oxford Dictionaries.
Most people know that bananas are high in potassium, even to the point I have seen it mistakenly claimed that if you ate too many bananas you could get potassium poisoning. So, to be technical I guess that's possible. But what human could eat a semi truck load of bananas? In standard human terms there is no way you can eat that many bananas. Not even close. So what is potassium good for? It has been show to have powerful protective qualities in the cardiovascular system.
But that is just the beginning. What if you ate bananas every day for 30 days, what would happen? I'm not talking about using them in vegan recipes. I mean just eating them. What would be the changes in your body and what health benefits, if any would you gain. Or would the opposite be true? If you ate two bananas every day would it actually have negative health effects? Does this delicious vegan food have any bad side effects or all they all good?
What if I told you there would be nine health effects of eating bananas every day and all of them would be great? Are you ready for this? Get the results of eating two bananas every day on the next page, including a really great video as well. See it on the next page below.