Bananas and Oranges – Nature’s “Super-fruits”

In this article, let’s talk about two great foods that should always be included in any outdoor trip or “bug out” bag. These two “super foods” should also be ideally present on the dinner table as quick snack or dessert to promote good nutrition and general health. These two great “super foods” that we are going to talk about are bananas and oranges.

Bananas:

Bananas are the snack and energy food of choice of athletes, soldiers, and outdoors men, and it is just rightfully so. Bananas supply about 11% of the required dietary fiber in a package that is only 108 calories. It is also packed with fructooligosaccharides, which are simply sugars that help promote calcium absorption. Fructooligosaccharides also help regulate and maintain proper sugar metabolism in the body, preventing drastic fluctuations in sugar in the body that causes hypo or hyperglycemia (low or high blood sugar), as well as help promotes the healthy bacteria population in your digestive system, which aids in absorbing nutrients, and manufacturing essential vitamins and digestive enzymes. Bananas are also rich in Vitamin A, B6, iron, phosphorus, and of course potassium. The complex carbohydrate content of bananas is also outstanding, providing you with enough energy to last you for one hour and a half. Finally, bananas are also rich in an amino acid called tryptophan, which helps stabilizes moods. Consuming a good deal of bananas during a bad day, will help to relax and stabilize you, without having to resort to drugs or alcohol, which is bad for your health.

Aside from being a good nutritional source, certain banana parts, such as the peel can be rubbed on mosquito bites to lessen the swelling and itching. Fresh banana peels can also be applied on first and second degree burns to prevent infection as well as soothe or relieve the pain. The peels also contain enough vitamins and minerals to aid in burn healing. Banana peel, also make good fertilizers, and simply burying your peels into the soil in your garden will help plants and flowers to grow better.

Oranges:

Oranges are such popular fruits that they are frequently consumed as is, or as a juice drink. They are superb power foods and provide a rich supply of vitamin A, B6, C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, as well as antioxidants, flavonoids, and fiber. These nutrients, particularly the antioxidants help to neutralize harmful “free radicals” in your body and also help in reducing inflammation. The magnesium present in oranges, also help in lowering blood pressure. Oranges are also widely touted to help in strengthening the immune system to make you better resist bacterial and viral infections.

Vitamin B6 and the mineral iron, also help in producing healthy red bloods cells for the body. Oranges like carrots also contain beta carotene, which helps to promote good eyesight and cell repair. If you want to prevent kidney stones from happening, consuming oranges also helps to prevent the formation of stones in the body, particularly when you are out in the wilderness for a long time with a limited amount of water and easily susceptible to dehydration. The white fibers covering the oranges when you peel them are also a great source of dietary fiber, which helps to promote a healthy digestive system.

Orange peels also make a great insect repellent, particularly for mosquitoes. The rinds can also be used to scrub utensils. When allowed to dry thoroughly, orange peels with its high fiber content and flammable oils also make it an excellent kindling or fire source, when you need to start a fire or when you want the fire to last longer.

Dr. Alex Estra is a contributor to Dan’s Depot. Along with being a M.D. he has an avid interest in outdoor survival subjects.



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