Bananas for Bananas

Holly Lowery, Staff Writer


I don’t know about the rest of you, but more times than not I find myself stuck on campus between classes, hungrier than a stray cat and unwilling to spend cold hard cash at the dining halls or Jazzman’s. Even when I break down and buy a granola bar, fruit cup, or pretzels and hummus, I am still left feeling unfulfilled and guilt ridden for spending those extra couple of bucks. From my countless desperate moments left starving on campus, the one thing I have learned is to never be caught dead without a banana in my backpack. While it’s just as easy to grab a power bar on your way out the door, bananas will leave you feeling much better than whatever prepackaged, hyper-processed, sugar drenched energy bar you’re packing. Bananas have a mountain of health benefits, but just to name a few; bananas are a high carb fruit. While “high carb” sounds scary for those trying to lose weight, these carbs are the exact type you should be fueling your body with. Carbs provide energy, which is what you need to get through your classes with a sound mind. Bananas also are a significant source of potassium, which is essential to normal heart health. They also help maintain eyesight, may aid in weight loss, and help keep your digestion regular. You may be thinking, “Okay, but one banana is not going to keep me full until I get home and indulge in dinner.” One of the most important things I can tell you is please, please do not be afraid to eat two or three bananas at a time. Those few hundred calories are going to fill you for a good couple of hours, and still contain fewer calories than most power bars. With this in mind, I hope you all buy an extra bunch of bananas at the grocery store this week. And with any luck you won’t be stuck in a hunger vortex any time soon.

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