You might wonder if I’m out of my mind – dedicating an entire article to… bananas? If I had zero clues about these fruits I’d share your view, HOWEVER! There’s more than meets the eye, and no it’s not by coincidence that you’ll join me on this awesome journey to find the truth behind good old ba-na-nas!
So are bananas good for men? Depends on which day of the week it is, really. Now if it was Friday then yeah, they’re the bomb. But during the weekend they somehow miraculously lose their awesomeness. Don’t worry if it makes no sense to you – it’s not supposed to!
Back to my serious mode now (for an extended period, I promise)! These tropical fellows are and SHOULD be one of your closest friends (not literally, please). Let me solidify my wild and not-so-wild claims!
Bananas carry an undeservedly bad reputation!
From your granny to your wife, brother, sister, nephew, dog, mouse, tarantula – everybody (or everything even) has a bloody stereotype for these fruits. It’s always the same crap – they’ll make you gain weight, they contain a lot of carbohydrates, especially sugar etc. I mean, come on now – your average banana only has ~110 calories!
This reminds me of a spicy joked about bananas. You either love it or you don’t in this case:
Q: Why did the banana go to see the doctor?
A: The banana was not peeling very well
It’s about time someone makes a stand for our tropical inanimate buddies, don’t you think folks!? Thought so! To burst the bubble of ignorance, yours truly will emphasize on what REALLY makes you gain or, or simply fat:
- Calories in vs calories out
You consume more than you eat or burn – your rear parts (and all others) grow. Simple it is, padawans! And no, I’m excluding genetic issues or certain endocrinology-related conditions that could interfere with your weight for obvious reasons.
Now that I’ve managed to get this off my chest… actually, I want to shout it out loud again! Bananas are NOT the reason why people store extra lard! Check your diet or lifestyle as a whole and only then worry about insignificant (calorie-wise) additions such as bananas. And let’s not forget that as men we absolutely MUST know which foods damage our virility!
If you’re intrigued by what I’m sharing with you, perhaps you might be thinking:
How are bananas good for my manliness?
You’ll have to ask Mr. Norris himself for this one. After all, he’s the manliest of the manliest men in our world and I’ve got a feeling he knows why these fruits are so good!
If you couldn’t get to contact Chuck by any chance, then you are left with me, so sit tight guys! The yellow fruit that this post is all about is actually full of good stuff. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals that you and I require in order to perform optimally! And yes, I’m talking about all kinds of ‘performing’ if you catch my drift…
Wanna know what types of nutrients exactly are loaded in each and every banana out there? Okay, okay here we go!
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Dietary fiber
There’s no need to possess the eyes of a nutritional expert to spot that these bad boys combined are ANYTHING but bad! Your daily vitamin supplement probably contains most if not all these micronutrients. Why? Because we need them, folks, especially as MEN!
Don’t let common misconceptions lead you astray, for bananas are amazing. Not only with their taste and availability but just look at this nutritional values, wow! Even though this is evident, naysayers will be like:
Still, what’s so special about these nutritional values?
Well, dear skeptical brothers (and even sisters) – obviously you want me to dig deeper and give you a further explanation? No worries, let me roll up my sleeves then!
One by one, we’ll cover every micronutrient of an average, everyday banana and WHY they are so awesome for your male hormone profile. Your testosterone will thank you for this and who knows, your girl could too (if you have one, that is!). So let’s not waste more time, check these out:
This one deserves its own thread, but for now, this one will do just fine. Clearly one (if not the) most popular vitamins of all times, no need for a fancy introduction I’d say. Still, for all the info-hungry people – vit. C is a water-soluble vitamin that serves primarily as an antioxidant.
Now you don’t get all that much Vitamin C in a banana (around 12 mg/s), but it’s a useful addition nonetheless! Especially taking into account that it has cortisol-lowering properties (cortisol is a direct enemy of testosterone).
Another vitamin from the water-soluble family, just like the C one. B vitamins are all great and stuff, but this one (the B6) is more involved in testosterone optimization. It has its role in the creation of our favorite hormone and that’s… pretty good, eh?
Other than that, B6 is a crucial player for the production of hemoglobin (red blood cells). Guess what that means? Goodness for your immune system sir!
Bananas are probably most well-known for anti-cramps aid. Mag is the real weapon for that! This mineral has the purpose to maintain muscle and nerve relaxation as well as to assist an array of different enzymes.
Your system needs Magnesium so that it can create protein, carbs, and fats and that’s neat! Also, it has the added bonus of possibly helping guys with insufficient levels of testosterone!
Our beloved tropical fruits have plenty of Potassium and trust me, that’s a good sign! This micronutrient does a fabulous job for your cardiovascular system and blood circulation. It’s something to have in your arsenal if you consume too much salt (sodium) which is not uncommon these days as everything contains salt in our everyday meals.
The overall greatness of bananas having good amounts of Potassium is that this helps with decreasing one’s blood pressure and also lowers the possibility of heart diseases.
This is another mineral that a banana will provide you with, but what’s it all about? Well, it’s another awesome one for us men, particularly for active folks! It assists in the formation of your connective tissues and that my friends is brilliant! If you lift weights you’ll know what I mean.
Oh, and it has some benefits when it comes to sperm and fertility as well – according to researchers!
A mineral known for it’s use when battling with anemia and of course, it’s inside every single banana in existence! Copper is essentially mandatory for the production of Iron in our bodies.
It also boost the healing effect of wounds if you ever get wounded! And last but not least, Copper could be utilized against osteoporosis which is a nasty bone condition and that’s awesome in my book!
This fellow helps your digestive tract and you’ll thank your bananas when your bowel movements are nice and smooth as opposed to blocked and excruciating! Each of these fruits has loads of dietary fiber and folks, trust me – that’s an awesome perk to have.
Not only that, but you also have pectin in bananas which happens to be a different form of fiber, yet it’s great! Pectin’s known for it’s appetite suppressant capabilities, plus some blood glucose-lowering ones too!
Eating bananas is not girly, it’s exactly the opposite!
Apart from the actual consuming process of the fruit (it’s definitely odd for guys), they are your assistants towards your primary male hormone optimization goals! Looking at the list of micronutrients that this awesome food from the tropics has, you have to be a total fool to shy away from making them a staple in your diet!
Bananas are also a great source of carbohydrates and while they might not be the best possible option for cutting weight (only fat please), they still have their place in every man’s meal plan. Besides, a banana goes down in only few small bites and that for me makes it INCREDIBLY convenient when I want to eat someone on the go.
One banana per day, keep the feminization at bay!
And all you gym goers out there, remember one more super cool benefit of having bananas at your disposal? Post-workout shakes, hooray! Mixing a scoop with your favorite protein powder and adding a banana or two in the blender gives you a superb, nutritionally rich cocktail that fuels your muscles like no other!
Obviously you can make yourself all kinds of juices and/or shakes including bananas, but in my opinion they are best used in the morning or after you bust your arse in the gym! I’ve written a sophisticated review about a book covering the subject of juices by the way – it’s directly related to natural testosterone optimization while we’re at it!
To wrap it up – bananas > everything else?
Peel your side I’d say! But what it comes down to is – what’s your goal? Here we’re obviously talking about naturally enhancing our alpha maleness (so to speak) and in this regard my friends, bananas are admirable.
Sure, foods like pomegranate, eggs, oysters etc. might be some of the top ones when it comes to testosterone boosting foods, but you simply CANNOT deny the greatness of these yellow skinned fruits.
And no, I’m not implying that you should buy yourself enough bananas that could feed the entire Chinese population for years ahead (although that might be a cool thing to do!). Instead, my ambition is to introduce to you another brilliant way of naturally keeping your manhood high!
Enough talking (writing rather) though! Time to visit your local grocery store and don’t forget to get yourself some… yeah, you know what. If you need advice for your grocery list or you just want to share how awesome bananas are, feel free to do so in the comment section below!
Founder of Testosterone Nerd