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Bananas: Fun Facts About the Superfood

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Banana Trivia:

  • There were more than 300 banana accidents in Britain in 2001, mostly from people slipping on skins.
  • You can buy banana beer in East Africa.
  • Although the banana is considered a phallic symbol in many cultures, with many crude jokes in the west, the banana fruit is produced asexually.
  • Ripe bananas are florescent when exposed to ultraviolet light.
  • Bananas grow in Iceland. Well, actually in greenhouses heated by volcanic underground springs.

The Bananas We Now Eat are Second Rate:

The yellow bananas we eat now are called Dwarf Cavandish (or just Cavandish).  This particular species was chosen for its transportation and shelf life rather than its taste. They became popular after their predecessor the Gros Michel was commercially wiped out by disease.

Most people agree the Gros Michel tasted much better. During the Gros Michel time, bananas were more popular than they are today. That is why there are so many songs and skits involving bananas. Bananas were so popular that in some areas, modern garbage pickup started because of the need to deal with the mounds of bananas peels left over.

The Cavandish may also be wiped out commercially.  Hopefully the next major brand will be taste better!

There Are More Songs About Bananas Than Any Other Fruit:

Bananas Song: This is the classic “Banana Boat Song” by Harry Belafonte (also known as “Day O”)

Banana Rap Song: 12 million views (fun and silly)

Chiquita Banana Song: Lip synced by a grandma…educational too.

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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!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT6JkceQ9FU

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 care2.com!

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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