Formspring Question. Have you ever used a Banana in a seductive way?

Banana’s always seem to come up in this kind of question for obvious reasons. They look like a dick. That long shaft and gentle curve evokes all kinds of images.

This question reminds me of sitting in Sex Ed watching my middle aged Phys Ed Teacher explain to a room full of giggling teenage boys how to roll on a condom. He used a banana, and then a softball bat. He then gave us each a condom of our own and we all got naked and proceeded to prac… hang on. No sorry I drifted away for a second there.

Still he did use a banana, that much is true.

So what is about the banana that evokes such imagery. Sure it looks like a dick, It may even feel a little like a dick, but unlike a dick bananas are better when they are ripe. Could it be that they are eaten with whipped cream? Or maybe it’s because they go well in a cream pie?

Whatever the reason, bananas seem to be one of the most seductive fruit.

So yes, I have on occasion used a Banana in a suggestive way, never where the sun don’t shine ( lets be clear on that ). But whether the sight of me gagging on a piece of fruit before tearing up as banana bits shoot out of my nose is seductive is entirely subjective. I have on occasion joked around and eaten one whole. Fruit however has never really been my fancy. I am more partial to the real thing.

So for those of you like me who would prefer to eat your bananas rather than lube them up, below are 8 health benefits you will receive.

Source: Published on April 2, 2011

One banana has 11% of the RDA of dietary fiber and only about 108 calories. The fiber in bananas not only keeps digestion regular, but also helps maintain low blood sugar and curbs overeating.

Lower Blood Pressure
Studies show that the high amounts of potassium in bananas (over 13% of the RDA) can lower one’s blood pressure, which in turn lessens the possibility of atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.

Bone Health
Along with lowering blood pressure, potassium prevents the weakening of the body’s bones. A high sodium intake, which is typical of many American diets, can cause excessive amount of calcium to be lost through the urine, which threatens not only the strength and general health of the bones, but also negatively affects blood clotting, proper muscle contraction, and normal nervous system function. The potassium found in bananas neutralizes the high amounts of sodium in one’s diet, thus allowing for healthy amounts of calcium to remain within the body.

High Nutrient Absorption
The potassium in bananas is not the only means to ensure healthy levels of calcium in the body. Bananas also contain high levels of fructooligosaccharide (FOS) that–along with insulin–promotes calcium absorption. FOS further nourishes healthy bacteria in the colon that manufacture vitamins and digestive enzymes that boost the body’s overall ability to absorb nutrients.

Healthy Digestive Tract Bananas can diminish the uncomfortable effects of diarrhea and constipation. The high amounts of potassium in bananas can restock electrolytes that are easily depleted when suffering from diarrhea — potassium being an important electrolyte itself. Furthermore, bananas can relieve the body from constipation and help restore regular digestion with pectin, a soluble polysaccharide that helps normalize the digestive tract.

Rugged Gut
Bananas protect the healthy constitution of the stomach in two ways. Firstly, they trigger the production of mucus in the stomach, which provides a protective barrier against stomach acids. Secondly, bananas possess protease inhibitors, a substance that breaks down bacteria in the stomach that cause ulcers. (Moreover, protease inhibitor also obstruct the replication of certain cells and viruses, including HIV.)

Cancer Prevention
A large study by the Internal Journal of Cancer illustrates that the probability of developing kidney cancer is greatly lessened by frequent consumption of fruits and vegetables, though especially bananas. For instance, the probability of developing kidney cancer in female subjects decreased by 50% when eating bananas four to six times a week.

Vitamin B6
One banana has an impressive 34% of the RDA of vitamin B6, which serves many important roles in the body’s health. For example, the B6 in bananas acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that helps ward off cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, as well as obesity. B6 also contributes to the maintenance of the lymphoid glands that ensure the production of healthy white blood cells that protect the body from infection. Finally, the vitamin B6 in bananas plays a pivotal part in cell formation and proper nervous system function, making one banana a day a healthy and delicious choice.