What Are METs?

METs are a shorthand representation of VO2, and they represent the amount of energy required to perform the physical activity at hand. Therefore, the higher the MET level, the more physical work is being performed.

Physical activities are frequently classified by their intensity, using METs as a reference. As physical activity increases, more oxygen is needed to supply energy for the contracting muscles.

1 MET is the rate of energy expenditure while sitting at rest. At 10 METs an individual is working 10 times harder than when they are at rest, and so on.

METs are a useful, convenient, and standardized way to describe the absolute intensity of a variety of physical activities.


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Benefits of Bananas

Do you love bananas? I know I do. They’re sweet like dessert, yet filling enough to stave off hunger, but also portable enough to make a great grab-and-go snack.Plus, they’re available year round!

Vitamins & Minerals:

  • Vitamin B6 – .5 mg
  • Manganese – .3 mg
  • Vitamin C – 9 mg
  • Potassium – 450 mg *1 banana has almost 10% of your daily total recommended intake (4700mg)!
  • Dietary Fiber – 3g
  • Protein – 1 g
  • Magnesium – 34 mg
  • Folate – 25.0 mcg
  • Vitamin A – 81 IU

Here are just a few of the health benefits of bananas:

Blood pressure: Maintaining a low sodium intake is essential to lowering blood pressure, however increasing potassium intake may be just as important because of its vasodilation effects.

Cancer: Bananas can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer due to its high Vitamin C content. High fiber intakes from fruits and vegetables like bananas are also associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.

Asthma: A recent study found that children who ate just one banana per day had a 34% less chance of developing asthma.

Diabetes: One banana provides about 3 g of fiber, and studies have shown that diabetics who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels.

Treating diarrhea: Electrolytes like potassium are lost in large quantities during bouts of diarrhea and may make those affected feel weak. Bananas can help to replenish potassium stores.

Preserving memory and boosting mood: Bananas also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that studies suggest plays a role in preserving memory and boosting your mood.


Source: medicalnewstoday.com

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