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Bananas: Fun Facts About the Superfood

How to Buy, Store and Ripen Bananas

  • Bananas are picked when they are green because they ripen after being picked.
  • Most commercial bananas are picked unripe (green) and shipped in containers just cool enough to stop ripening.
  • Once at the market they are stored at higher temps with just a small amount of ethylene gas until they are yellow or green yellow.
  • Since bananas (and other fruits) produce their own ethylene gas, you can put them in a sealed container to ripen them faster. Adding other fruit, like an apple, will also help.
  • If you put bananas in your fridge, this will make the skins brown and stop the ripening process.
  • Most commercial bananas are fumigated. Monkeys and chimps can tell the difference – they will eat the whole banana if it is organic, but will only eat the inner fruit if not.
  • Bananas have the most antioxidants when they are the most ripe!

Controversial Side of Bananas:

Bananas have been cultivated in Asia from seven- to ten-thousand years but modern banana production for the west has been centered in banana plantations in the Caribbean and Central America. These plantations have been accused of not contributing to the local or national economy or well being.

Huge multinational corporations (like Chiquita and Dole) developed the banana industry and used political manipulation to further their commercial interests along with US international interests. This is why the terms “Banana Republic” and “banana war” arose.

Banana Cautions:

In eastern energetic orientation, the banana is both cooling and wet.
This is a great balance for hot dry conditions but may be unbalancing for certain constitutions or situations such as a cold or flu.
Bananas, like avocados and chestnuts contain chitinases, that are associated with the latex-fruit allergy syndrome.
If you have an allergy to latex there is the possibility of a reaction. This effect may be moderated for organic and cooked bananas.

Randy Tries Dr. Oz’s Banana Hair Conditioner

Dr. Oz commissioned his researchers to find the best treatment for damaged hair and they ended up with bananas.
Here is the simple recipe with before and after pictures: Banana Conditioner

Banana Recipes:


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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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11:18AM PST on Mar 7, 2014

Sorry about the transportation costs. i buy only bananas that have the little frog stamp that indicates Fair Trade, & put them on my bedside lampshade! Fun! :D

9:19PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Love Bananas :) Thanks for sharing.

4:43AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

We love bananas at our house. They don't stay around very long!

9:32AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

YES -We have no bananas!

9:27AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Surprised to know the beneficial effect of bananas on nervous system with Potassium. Common understanding is that it is fat and protein only

3:20AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

The more I read about healthy foods, the more I am motivated with my gardening projects. Raising our own fruits and vegetables and making a difference around one's neighborhood ; encouraging growing/planting/ food production on the family level are significant ways to foster family solidarity and cooperation among neighbors; a great way to healthy, prosperous life among those who live in the farm. Let's encourage this absolutely beneficial activity amongst us!
Thank you Ms. Diana H. for these wonderful, informational articles! More power to!

12:42PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

The ratio Ca:Mg (calcium to magnesium) is close to 3:1 in bananas. This is the optimal ratio for absorbing magnesium.

10:52PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

My daughters natrapath told her to avoid bananas at breakfast because of the sugar content. They are ok to eat from lunchtime onwards. And apparently the skins are also good to drape over roses bushes to help with aphids.

1:59AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

It's strange that you said banana is a natural antacid because it's the very thing that gives me heartburn. I love bananas, I grew up with them 'cos my grandparents used to have many banana trees in their compound. Then one day when I was about 20 years old, I started getting heartburn. For years, I didn't know what caused it until I read Shirley McClain's book, Out On A Limb in which she wrote in one of the chapters that she was suffering from heartburn. "Damn those bananas!" she wrote. That was when I decided to do a study of my own and found out that indeed the banana was the culprit!

But that didn't stop me from eating one of my favourite fruits! I just eat less, 2 medium sized ones per day is good.

6:43PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Maybe the former popularity of bananas that I learned about in this article is the reason for the old song, "Yes, We Have No Bananas."
Great article!

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@Paul L: Mind you : the tongue is also a very important diagnostic in TCM :-).

It just shows that we should/could trust what our bodies are telling us. Thanks for the info.


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