Apples and bananas aren't often labelled in the 'exotic' or 'interesting' fruit categories. In fact, the last time I told someone they were my favourite fruits their reply was 'oh...' I was expecting to hear an 'oooh' instead so that was pretty disappointing.
Who ever knew how much disappointment two less 'o's could hold?
Anyway, I want to prove to you that apples and bananas are really interesting and good for your body. After all, they are the two most popular fruits in the world.
Go bananas for bananas
Bananas are often avoided because of their high carbohydrate content, but they're so great that I don't think they should be avoided due to that downfall. After all, there must be a reason why you always see tennis players eating them.
- Bananas help your heart - the high potassium content helps you keep a healthy blood pressure.
- Bananas lower your cholesterol level - it's the sterol in it that stops the body absorbing cholesterol.
- They lower the risk of heart disease - the fibre helps.
How to open a banana like a monkey
I admit that before writing this blog post I opened bananas like everyone else does. But after some extensive research (watching YouTube videos is such a chore), others have discovered much better ways of opening them.
The secret? Do as the monkeys do.
I would explain how to do it, but this photo is probably better. Also, you get the stalk as a handy holder when you open it the reverse way.
An apple a day actually does keep the doctor away
Who ever knew the old adage had such truth to it? Here are some super facts about super apples:
- Research suggests if everyone over 50 ate an apple a day, 8,500 deaths per year from heart attacks and strokes would be prevented.
- Apples help lower your blood pressure and sugar - thanks to the pectin
- Apples prevent asthma and inflammation - who ever knew quercetin was such a good egg of a flavonol?
- Finally, the phytochemicals in apples reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
What if you ate apples and bananas together?
Apart from the weird taste sensations you'd have, you'd get double the:
- Energy - apples and bananas both contain natural sugars, which is easier to digest, and also helps break down complex carbs.
- Fibre - both fruits are high in fibre, which helps stabilize blood sugar and cholesterol, along with aiding digestion.
- Vitam C and B6 - make both fruits supper antioxidants, which aid metabolism and fortifies the immune system.
What's your favourite fruit double team? Tell us below