We call red banana sevazhai pazham in Tamil and it is so very highly regarded here in India for it’s nutrient value. Red banana is cultivated all over the world now. Though we have only the regular yellow banana trees here in our farm, my parents always grow red banana trees. My father regularly sends red bananas insisting that we have it regularly. One single red banana is enough to fill our stomach as it is usually quite large.
Since I have heard the benefits of the red banana from young, whenever there is red banana at home, I make it a point to have it. Even when guests say no to red banana when offered, usually it will be followed by an advice like “It is sevazhlai pazham! eat, it is so good for you”. Red bananas have dark red skin, is larger and tastes sweeter than regular yellow banana.
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Red Banana Health Benefits:
1. Red Banana For Babies:
Like I mentioned before, red banana is a perfect weening food for babies. Just mash it up without any sweeteners and feed them, many children eat red bananas readily. If your child is suffering from constipation, giving them red bananas regularly will give good relief. Red bananas are also greatly recommended for children who are malnourished because of it’s high nutritional content.
2. Red Banana For Pregnancy:
Pregnant women can safely consume red banana. It prevents constipation and also it is good for heart burn that many pregnant women experience during the last trimester. I suffered from heart burn during the last trimester of my pregnancy.
If I ate any spicy foods, it caused heart burn so I relied on soothing foods like banana. The trick is to pick really ripe red banana. Eating ripe red banana will reduce the acidity in the stomach which will greatly help prevent the burning sensation…
3. Red Banana For Weight Loss:
Since red bananas are rich in fiber, it keeps one fuller for longer. Eating 1 medium red banana has only around 100 calories but most will feel fuller with just 1 red banana. My only problem with red banana is finishing up the banana. Especially if I eat it as an in-between snack, I will rarely be able to finish it as I feel fuller by the time I finish half of it.
I will also not feel hunger for a long time after eating it, all the qualities needed for a good weight loss food :). And I have to add, ripe red bananas are very very soothing on the stomach too.
4. Red Banana For Fertility:
Another important use of red banana is it boosts fertility both in men and women. Eating red banana for fertility is a very common advise given in our place. Red banana also is said to increase the sperm count in men. I tried searching for any study supporting this belief but I couldn’t find any.
The B vitamins and bromelain enzyme in bananas are said to be the reason for increasing the sperm count. Since it also improves the overall health, having a red banana daily is a good idea…
5. Red Banana For Skin:
Bananas are great for skin both when applied externally or taken internally. Whenever a banana turns overripe, I usually mash it up and apply as a face pack. To make a simple, quick and effective face mask, first powder required amount of oats in a dry mixer to get a smooth powder.
Mix the mashed up red banana paste and few drops of honey to the ground oatmeal to form a thick paste. Apply it as a face pack and wash it off once dry. This is a very hydrating face mask that will keep the skin supple and soft during winter months.
6. Red Banana For Hair:
Last time my red bananas turned overripe, I mashed up a banana with oatmeal and applied on my face and because the red banana was huge still half of it was remaining. I thought why not apply on the hair as a hair pack? I mashed it up with little bit of unrefined sesame oil and few drops of lemon juice and applied on my hair and scalp.
I have dry hair so this hair pack suited me really well, I have done the treatment more than 4 times from then on and it is a safe hair pack that can be used by everyone. If you have very oily scalp, you can skip the sesame oil in the pack…