When is the banana best to eat?
If you have noticed, the banana changes as they grow riper while they are hanging in your kitchen. As they ripen, bananas become sweeter. Why? Because there are enzymes in the banana that begin to break down starches into sugar. This always makes it easier for your stomach to digest.
Japanese researchers recently discovered something about bananas; as the banana ripens, it produces more antioxidants than its fresher state. When the banana starts to manifest some dark spots on the peel, it produces TNF or what usually called Tumor Necrosis Factor, a substance that combats cancer and abnormal cells. The darker spots, the more powerful the banana is at killing cancer cells. A ripe banana is eight times more effective in boosting the body’s immune system than a fresh banana is.
So, the best time to eat a banana? – When it’s as ripe as possible
Despite being a healthy fruit, bananas are pretty high in both carbs and sugar, the main nutrients that raise blood sugar levels. So, should you be eating bananas if you have diabetes? How do they affect your blood sugar? If you have diabetes, being aware of the amount and type of carbs in your diet is important. This is because carbs raise your blood sugar level more than other nutrients, which means they can greatly affect your blood sugar control. When blood sugar rises in non-diabetic people, the body produces insulin. It helps the body move sugar out of the blood and into the cells where it’s used or stored.
Additionally, it’s worth noting, if you suffer from type 2 diabetes, you may want to eat a ripe banana with peanut butter. The fats in the nut butter will slow down sugar absorption in your blood stream so it doesn’t hit you all at once, making it easier for your body to break down.
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