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Banana Facts, Jack

March 9th, 2007 | 15 Comments »

I write a market report for a local produce company that I used to work at full time prior to attending culinary school. It’s a quick job that takes me a couple of hours on Wednesday afternoons and pays me just enough to keep me from feeling like a total slacker. I get first-hand knowledge of all things produce related from the guys in the company buying office, sometimes including free samples of things. One of the buyers, Mark, sent me this article about the nutritional power of the Banana, and I loved it. You must read it too, if only for the funny part at the end about the monkeys. Thanks Mark! I do want some of that organic chevre too!

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Facts About Bananas
Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also
help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high- pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over- chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the
lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a “cooling” fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, and B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one
of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will
add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the
banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe…polish with dry cloth. Bananas….Amazing fruit
!!

15 Responses to “Banana Facts, Jack”

  1. justy says:

    Thanks, I set out to find this exact info today and found it right away!
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Cherita says:

    My father will sometimes eat 5 bananas in a day, but it tends to make him dizzy – why ??

  3. brad says:

    How is the best way to keep bananas from ripping too fast.

  4. Irani Shah says:

    First, I love Banana and after reading this passage, my love for it increasing. So thank you for letting me know the facts about BANANA……….

  5. jennifer says:

    These facts aren’t just ofund on this site. They are everywhere. I still don’t understand that fact about putting a banana in the refrigerator. But… interesting stuff.

  6. Smoky says:

    I always have been a bananna freak. So I am in good company.
    Thanks,

    Smoky

  7. An average banana weighs 6 ounces and costs 19 cents.

    This information supplied by Edna, Gail, Michaela, Olivia and Zoe from Seward Middle School, Minneapolis MN USA.

  8. About bananas in the refrigerator:

    There was an old radio jingle:

    I’m Chiquita banana and I’m here to say
    Bananas should be ripened in a special way
    When they are spotted with brown and have a golden hue
    Bananas taste the best and are the best for you.

    You can eat them in a salad
    You can eat them in a pie, aye!
    Anyway you want to eat them
    It’s impossible to beat them.

    Now bananas like the climate of the warm and humid tropical equator
    So you should never put bananas, in the refrigerator!

    Oh no no no, no no no!

  9. cooknkate says:

    A ripening banana converts the starches in the fruit to sugar. By chilling the fruit, the process is stopped and the fruit doesn’t ripen anymore. It’s fine, I guess if you want to keep them at a certain level, or like cold bananas. They just shouldn’t be kept in the refrigerator until they have ripened to the desired sugar level.

  10. Sunny says:

    Okay … a question for anyone … so what is up with the first line:

    “Never put your banana in the refrigerator!!!”

    No reason? Does it do something to the nutritional value or taste? They do freeze them with a chocolate coating for a summer treat (sold at fairs and festivals).

    Also, I have refrigerated a banana before it gets too ripe. The outer peel turns black but the banana on the inside stays firm and does not over ripen. I always read to do that … and it is also a good way to keep the banana longer if you are making banana bread.

    Just curious … is someone can answer why?

    Thanks in advance, Sunny

  11. Kristen says:

    Bananas are my all time favorite fruit. They are so easy and convenient to eat and taste great. I can’t believe all the other great benefits of bananas. Very cool post, thanks!

  12. Wow, looks like I’m never going to have any health problems! I eat 1-2 bananas a day! They are the perfect post-workout snack and travel food. When I buy them at Trader Joe’s, the check out person usually askes how many kids I have because I buy so many! None. It’s just me and Jeff and our 13 bananas. ;) Thanks for the great post Kate!

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  14. kate says:

    I’m heading out to the supermarket and buying a big bunch of bananes…

    I plan to use the first skin to polish up my natty winter boots!

  15. Jeff says:

    I’m so gonna try that hangover cure!