Did you know ripe bananas are good for your pregnancy? Bananas are rich in Vitamin B6, which helps your baby’s nervous system and development of blood cells. One banana provides almost all the daily requirements you need for this vital vitamin during pregnancy. Bananas are also sources of slow release energy, which can stop you from feeling tired and sick, while their fibre prevents constipation.
Bananas are also good for your heart and nerves, as they contain a high dose of potassium, which is an essential ingredient to keep your heart and nervous system healthy. Potassium is essential for proper muscle contraction and hence plays an important role in muscle-influenced activities, which include the normal rhythmic pumping of the heart, digestion and muscular movements. Bananas are also good for the kidneys and bones due to their high potassium content.
You can enjoy your banana in many ways, the all time favourite being eating it ripe. There are various types of bananas – some are good for eating ripe while others are good for cooking. There are many ways of preparing the cooking banana – boiled, steamed, mashed, grilled, deep-fried or added to sources. Many traditional recipes, such as the black bean irio, popular among women in Central Kenya during pregnancy and when lactating, are prepared with mashed ripe bananas.