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8 Reasons to Go Bananas for Bananas


Bananas are quite possibly the most loved and used fruit in my home. Why? Well, for starters, they’re inexpensive. A week’s work of bananas costs less than $2. They’re a peel fruit, which makes them much more easier to store, minimize pesticide exposure when grown, and bonus, you can draw pictures on them and send them in your kids lunches!

Even when they go “bad”, they’re at their prime to be used for delicious baked goods and more. You can even freeze those over ripened bananas, and save them for that next time you’re craving banana bread. Or dice and freeze for an easy base to a cold delicious fruit smoothie. With an inexpensive, practical fruit that the whole family loves, the possibilities are seemingly endless, but let’s go over some lesser known reasons to love bananas…

1. Bananas Make you Happy

Bananas contain high levels of tryptophan (yes, the same compound found in turkey that gives you that relaxed, chill feeling). Tryptophan converts to serotonin in the body, the neurotransmitter in the brain that gives you that happy mood, and helps you sleep.

Bananas are also high in Vitamin B, which can aid in warding off depression. Vitamin B helps conserve that tryptophan in your body, giving you more benefits of the serotonin. Science, yo!

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