It’s commonly held that bananas make you fat, since they are higher in sugar than most other fruits. Luckily for you banana lovers out there, that is far from the truth. Bananas actually help reduce bloating, as they are loaded with potassium to help balance out sodium and prevent water retention. Their high fiber content also helps beat bloat by moving things along in your digestive system-and ‘nanas are even thought to benefit gut health!
Bananas are also a good source of both Vitamin B6 and tryptophan, which help reduce stress. Vitamin B6 helps to synthesize serotonin-our “feel-good” hormone-and keeps our immune system protected from intruders. It has even shown to be an anti-inflammatory agent! We love using bananas for baked goods like Banana-Bran Muffins, and our Vegan Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Bites make a perfect healthy indulgence you can enjoy every day.
There’s a lot of debate over whether corn is healthy for you or nutritionally worthless, and people have strong feelings about this starchy vegetable. While we will admit corn isn’t as nutritionally dense as some of our favorite green veggies, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be part of a healthy diet!
While corn does have a high Vitamin A and B6 count, the most impressive health benefits come from its antioxidant compounds. Corn is packed with a wide variety of antioxidants, as well as fiber, protecting us from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and poor digestive health. Nothing beats classic Garlic Butter Campfire Corn in the summer, and corn adds color, texture and flavor in one of our favorite risotto recipes.