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Saturday, February 4, 2012

B is for BANANA

1. Banana's a great for providing energy during sports, restoring normal bowel function and even improving your mood and reducing depression!! (They contain tryptophan, an aminoacid that can be converted to serotonin.)
2. Bananas are extremely high in potassium, yet very low in sodium which is the perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure and stroke.
3. This high potassium helps normalize the hearthbeat and regulate the
body’s water balance. When we are really stressed, our body’s potassium levels tend to be extremely low-- eating bananas is a great way to get them up without using drugs.
4. They are low in calories -- one medium banana has only around 105 calories!

Other interesting facts:

1. Bananas are usually harvested when they are green, but not eaten until they are yellow!!
2. You can freeze a banana for up to 2 months! Just remove the peel and sprinkle some lemon juice over the pulp to prevent discoloration; then wrap them in plastic.
3. The cluster of bananas sold in supermarkets is a "hand" of bananas, while the individual bananas on the hand are called fingers.
4. The strings that go up and down the length of bananas are called Phloem Bundles. They help distribute nutrients to every part of the growing bananas.
5. The banana peel is edible, though perhaps not very palatable unless cooked.
6. Bananas usually grow in a horizontal fashion, which then becomes vertical with the weight of the bananas. This takes about 3 months.
7. A banana tree is not actually classified as a tree due to the fact that it has no wood fibres. So it is actually a plant, IE: Herb.
8. A banana is actually classed as a berry! A berry is an indehiscent fruit with two or more seeds and a fleshy pericarp, which is exactly what a banana is.

Favourite banana recipe.

3 egg whites
Mashed banana
Wisk those 2 things together and cook like pancakes.. YUMMO!!

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