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September 29, 2007

Banana Rama

These tiny finger banana's were our standard breakfast when traveling in Laos. Tasty, easy and packed with energy they were a great start to the day.

But banana's have a very slow digestion time and do not combine well with other foods.

Banana's can cause some confusion for those new to Ayurveda. Though they taste sweet, they have a post digestive sour effect, making them heating. They are therefore best for Vata. Banana's, like all fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach, and they especially are especially difficult to digest in combination with milk.

Banana's can cause both constipation or diarrhea and should be taken in moderation. One remedy for constipation which I have found especially useful is one banana mashed with a teaspoon of ghee and a teaspoon of ground cardamom. Eat this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and wait awhile before eating anything else.

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