If you’ve been joining us on our virtual journey around the world this year, you’ll know that we’re visiting the incredible country of Brazil this month and learning more about bananas – this month’s superfood.
Brazil is one of the largest banana producers globally, supplying around 6.5 to 7.5 million tons every year. The country’s diverse climate and fertile soil provide ideal conditions for banana cultivation.
People in both Brazil and the U.S. love bananas! In fact, the average person consumes about 27 pounds per person – that’s equivalent to about 90 bananas a year.
This month, your Senior Star community will have many opportunities to learn more about Brazil and enjoy activities inspired by the country’s history, culture, food, and music.
Here are some of the incredible things going on this month:
-Get Away Happy Hour Mixology Demonstrations
-Brazilian crafts and activities
-Themed candlelit dinners
Check-in with your community to see what special events are planned!
The A-Peeling Benefits of Bananas
Bananas are nature’s most a-peeling grab-and-go snack. They don’t need any prep – just stick one in a bag and go. Plus, they’re a nutritional powerhouse with all kinds of health benefits.
But there’s more to this fruit than meets the eye. Let’s peel back the layers and discover why bananas are nothing short of a superfood.
Bananas Are Nutrient-Rich
Bananas are chock-full of essential vitamins and minerals. They’re a great source of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and dietary fiber. Potassium, in particular, is a key player in maintaining heart health and regulating blood pressure.
Energy Boost in a Peel
Feeling sluggish in the afternoon? Grab a banana. The natural sugars provide a quick energy boost without the need for caffeine, which is why they are so popular with long-distance runners. A quick bite of a banana can help athletes push through endurance events.
Bananas are loaded with dietary fiber, aiding digestion and promoting a healthy gut. The fiber content can help you feel full longer and prevent constipation.
Bananas contain antioxidants which can help combat oxidative stress and inflammation. These processes are linked to the visible signs of aging. Although you’ll receive the most benefit from their nutritional value, some beauty experts report that mashed bananas make a refreshing face mask.
Bananas are known for being high in potassium, can reduce muscle cramps and can also protect bone health. Too little potassium can reduce calcium in the bones. Adequate amounts of potassium, however, can help protect bones from calcium loss and can also help boost bone mineral density.
Maintaining bone density is especially important as we age. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that develops when bone mineral density and bone mass decrease. A significant decrease in bone strength can increase the risk of broken bones.
Contact us to learn more.