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The Tastiest Facts about Bananas

Banana Facts

Did you know that man genetically modified bananas to be seedless, which is why we can eat them today? Well, now you know! Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world and a major source of potassium, energy, and fiber.

Bananas also have a low glycemic index and contain antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body. Bananas are not just delicious and fresh, they are also incredibly healthy for you. They have been linked to reducing blood pressure and improving heart health, as well as providing a boost to your immune system. And they also contain Potassium Citrate, a chemical compound that is used as a prescription drug to prevent kidney stones.

There are a number of different ways to eat bananas. You can eat them as they are, with or without skins on, sliced on cereal or other foods, mashed up with yogurt and honey for breakfast or dessert, or blended into a smoothie to make your own banana-flavored protein shake.

Bananas can be cooked in many different ways too – they can be baked into muffins or pancakes, put on pizza for dessert, made into ice cream with coconut milk for a vegan alternative to regular ice cream. Bananas are available year-round, and they can be eaten on their own or incorporated into dishes like smoothies, cereal, oatmeal, and baked goods. Bananas can be peeled and eaten fresh or put in the freezer for later use.

Not So Basic Banana facts:

1 Interestingly, bananas are 75% water.

2 Bananas do not grow on trees. They grow on herbs, and they are the tallest herbaceous plants in the world.

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3 One banana is called a finger while a group of bananas is called a hand.

4 Bananas are actually considered berries.

5 ‘Banana Republic’ initially referred to countries run by big banana corporations that supported dictators with the intention of protecting their companies.

6 People of Uganda eat a staggering 500 pounds of bananas per head annually.

7 The world consumes over 100 billion bananas annually, which makes it the fourth largest agricultural food after wheat, rice and corn.

8 They are naturally radioactive since they contain Potassium-40, a radioactive isotope of potassium.

9 They can help you fight and prevent high blood pressure and strokes given their high potassium and sodium content.

10 They can help you fight depression since they have a protein called tryptophan that converts into serotonin and helps you relax.

Video: The Dark History of Bananas

Explore the history of the notorious United Fruit Company and how its influence over the banana industry impacted Central America. — In December 1910, the exiled former leader Manuel Bonilla boarded a borrowed yacht and set sail for Honduras in hopes of reclaiming power by whatever means necessary. Bonilla had a powerful backer: the notorious organization known throughout Latin America as “El Pulpo.” It was a U.S. corporation trafficking in, of all things, bananas. John Soluri investigates the United Fruit Company.