We all tend to dispose of our food when they have made it to their sell by dates.
Bananas are subject to this and when they have brown spots on the skin, people tend to throw them away. What they don’t know, is that there are health benefits to those brown spots. In fact, it has cancer-fighting properties within it.
Bananas and TNF
TNF is a protein that eliminates cells, tumor cells in particular. TNF functions by finding cancer cells and destroying them. The Food Science and Technology Research published an article that explained how over-ripe bananas with brown spots, are at their best in the production of tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a cytokine that helps ward off cancer.
The study was conducted by Masatoshi Yamazaki and Haruyo Iwasawa, and they found that mice cells that consume older bananas increased the production of TNF, in in vitro tests. Bananas are able to do this by encouraging the production of cytokines. It was even discovered that over-ripe bananas are 25% more effective in TNF production.
The study was mainly performed on mice cells through in vitro tests, so there still is a lot of work to do, before we can even say that bananas aid in TNF production to fight cancer.
Antioxidants and Cancer
We hear more of antioxidants being able to prevent cancer, than how it is being eliminated by TNF. Consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants means you must eat food thats abundant in vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium, and zinc. Antioxidants harm your cells by extracting electrons from molecules and atoms. Through alteration of molecules and atoms, it harms chromosomes and cells, and opens the door for cancer. Antioxidants aid in transferring free radicals an electron, so that they don’t harm other cells for it.
Animal trials have so far, been showing that antioxidants do help, while in human trials there is no set decision on that. When you eat a banana it could be providing you with more TNF than much-needed antioxidants.
Banana Recipes Good For Mushy Bananas
Bananas with them funky brown spots is indeed healthy for you. Wasting bananas because of a natural aesthetic look for ripening, doesn’t mean that it won’t have any benefit to your health.
To stop the wasting, here are three recipes that are so delicious and you won’t even feel grossed out.
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 mashed, very ripe banana
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp of pure vanilla extract (optional)
- 2 tbsp of ground flax seed (optional)
- Mix together the eggs and banana
- Add in the vanilla and flaxseed extract
- Place the skillet with coconut oil on low-medium heat
- Add in 1/4 cup of pancake mix into the skillet
- Cook until the center bubbles
- Flip and cook for 1-2 minutes
Sweet Potato Banana Bites
- One very ripe banana mashed
- Medium sweet potato
- ¼ nut butter
- Two eggs,
- Coconut Oil
- Fruit Mix-ins
- Pierce the sweet potato skin 5-6 times and cook the medium sweet potato in the microwave for 5-8 minutes
- Mash the cooked sweet potato and banana
- Stir in ¼ nut butter, eggs, cinnamon and the fruit mix-ins
- Grease muffin tin with coconut oil
- Spoon batter into the muffin tin
- Bake at 375°F for 18 minutes
Banana Ginger Smoothie
- One overripe banana
- Two tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- One tablespoon grated ginger
- ½ cup of baby spinach
Note: If you want a hint of protein, add in a serving of your preferred protein powder.
- Put all the ingredients in a blender
- Blend until it’s at your preferred consistency.
There’s no need to dispose of overly ripened bananas. You can still receive health benefits from consuming them.
Remember, this was tested on mice cells and not on humans. Results aren’t specifically clear yet, but scientists are still working together to gather supporting data. If you want an alternative from the prescribed drugs, contact your physician for advice in utilizing these all-natural recipes.
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