Banana is one of the easiest grab-to-go fruit snacks and have a good reputation thanks to their high levels of potassium, fibre, and magnesium. Banana is an edible fruit, botanically a berry, produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa. Banana is also packed with awesome facts you might know;
- The word banana is thought to be of West African origin, possibly from the Wolof word banaana, and passed into English via Spanish or Portuguese.
- Bananas may have been the world’s first cultivated fruit. Archaeologists have found evidence of banana cultivation in New Guinea as far back as 8000 B.C. Bananas are a tropical plant and originated in the Indonesian region; today they are grown in over 100 countries
- Over 100 billion bananas are consumed annually in the world, making bananas the 4th largest agricultural product in the world
- Bananas “trees” are actually the world’s tallest herbaceous plant. They can reach 20 feet in height. “Herbaceous” means there is no woody stem and all the plant matter above the ground dies at the end of a yearly cycle. The fruits grow off the main stems in large clusters that can weigh over 100 pounds, with up to 400 individual bananas per cluster!
- We all love to eat bananas, but did you know that the smell of BANANAS MAY SUPPRESS YOUR APPETITE? According to a study performed at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, smelling certain foods when you are hungry can trick your brain into thinking that you’ve actually eaten them. Banana is one of those fruits
- Despite their firm texture and rather dry mouth-feel, bananas are composed of 75% water.
- BANANAS ARE DIET-FRIENDLY; A medium banana is 110 calories and provides 30 grams of carbs and 3 grams fiber. In addition to filling fiber, bananas contain resistant starch, a type of carbohydrate you can’t digest, but helps you feel fuller longer. A banana can have 2-3 grams of resistant starch (the greener it is, the more resistant starch it contains). This makes bananas a great mid-afternoon snack, or a perfect pre-workout snack if you eat them 1 hour before your workout.
- Depression and mood; Bananas can be helpful in overcoming depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter. Plus, vitamin B6 can help you sleep well, and magnesium helps to relax muscles.
- Health risks; Eaten in moderation, there are no significant side effects associated with eating bananas. However, eating the fruits in excess may trigger headaches and sleepiness. Headaches are caused by “the amino acids in bananas that dilate blood vessels.” Overripe bananas contain more of these amino acids than other bananas. Bananas also reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
- The correct name for a bunch of bananas is a hand; a single banana is a finger. Bananas are also called plantains. But in general use, “banana” refers to the sweeter form of the fruit, which is often eaten uncooked, while “plantain” refers to a starchier fruit that is often cooked before eating.
There you have it. How many of these facts did you already know?
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