A simple banana milky shake, that tastes like the real thing, is all you need to get you through the winter.
And what a great way to kick things off, thanks to a new study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.
Researchers from Newcastle University in Australia found that a banana milking and banana bread shake was the most palatable way to go.
“In the short term, our results suggest that banana milks are less palatable than banana breads or bananas,” lead author Professor Chris Taylor said.
“But after a few days, we found that this was no longer the case.”
“We found that there was a decrease in the number of negative side effects in the bananas we consumed and we also found that the number was significantly lower in the milk shake.”
The researchers also found the same effect for the chocolate milk and vanilla milk shakes.
“The milk shake is the most popular banana milker, and the chocolate shake is popular with those who are sensitive to cocoa powder,” Professor Taylor said, adding that they were also popular with people who prefer to drink milk and cocoa-flavoured beverages.
“It was interesting to see the effects of chocolate and vanilla in the study, because we know that cocoa is a natural sweetener.”
“So, we think it could be a natural source of antioxidants.”
The banana milkers’ banana bread was also a popular choice, with a median of 4.7% of the sample drinking it, compared with 0.6% of those consuming the banana milk shake.
“So this suggests that, as people eat more banana bread, they’re likely to have more banana milked in their diet,” Professor Turner said.
The banana milk shake had a median score of 1.3, with people drinking about four servings of it a day.
“People who eat a lot of banana bread and chocolate milks might have more milk, so we think they might have lower milk and banana milketones,” Professor Cooper said.
The researchers say this may be due to the sugar content of the banana milk, which is much higher than that found in most other milks.
“We think it’s probably due to a combination of sugars, protein, and fat in the banana, but we’re not sure exactly what’s causing it,” Professor Cox said.
Dr Cox is also looking into the nutritional value of banana milki.
“One of the things that we’re interested in is, if it is the nutritional benefits of a particular banana, how much of it are we getting from that banana, and how much from other things?” she said.
“We’re trying to understand how the different fruits and vegetables are in our diet.”
Dr Cox said they hope to study the impact of other fruits and veggies in the future.
“I think it will be really interesting to look at other fruits in relation to milk, to see if that’s different to the nutritional content of bananas,” she said, as well as to look into other types of fruits, like apples and pears.
“You can always look at fruit-rich foods, and if they’re rich in fat, we may be getting more of that from that fruit,” she added.
“We’ll look at the fat content of fruits as well.”
“And the next time you have a banana, go ahead and enjoy it.”
You can watch the full research study in the video below: