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    Default Bananas - interesting facts you might not know . .

    hi everyone, not sure if this has been posted here before, but i though it was interesting and though id share!!!

    Bananas - interesting facts you might not know . .
    A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression 'going bananas' is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:

    Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!! After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

    Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

    Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.
    But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

    Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

    PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

    Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

    Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to
    make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

    Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school (England) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

    Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

    Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

    Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

    Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

    Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

    Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

    Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese
    were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep
    levels steady.

    Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal dis orders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes
    over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

    Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure
    their baby is born with a cool temperature.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

    Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

    Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium
    levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

    Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

    Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

    So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the
    other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!'

    PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! And here's one more;-

    Want a quick shine on your shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe, then polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !!!

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    Apr 2007
    SE QLD


    oh wow.... but why don't you put it in the fridge?

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    Oh, WestChick ..... That's a brilliant thread

    .... What a super read !!! .... AND yeh you are right, I will never look at bananas the same way again !!!

    I'm gonna have ' one ' just as I write this ... YUMMO !!! ... BANANAS just tasted that much BETTER to me now

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    The Hawkesbury


    Thats pretty amazing hey.. ill have to try it next time i get bitten by a mozi!

    But yeh.. why cant you put them in the fridge? .. other than them going brown..

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    Geraldton W.A.


    im not too sure why u cant put them in the fridge, but im guessin they over ripe too fast and/or loose their goodness

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    Lol, we had to 'ban' a resident at a nursing home I used to work at from eating bananas! He was addicted and was getting waaaay too much potassium so we had to take them off him!

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    Bummer I'm allergic

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    Thats silly not having bananas in the fride I used to work for a banana ripening company and guess where they are stored...In the fridge it's the heat that actually makes them ripen quick and get brown spots.
    After reading all that on bananas I want one now hee hee

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    DS loves bananas, he has been known to eat 3 in a row!! I feel even happier about him eating them now.

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    WOW, Thank You

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    Wow!!! I love them and so does DD.. she has about 2 a day.

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    If you keep them in the fridge they go brown all over really quickly. Not sure of the scientific stuff, but it has something to do with the enzymes they emit as they ripen. When they are cooled to below 4oC they cant release the chemical properly and they overripen VER quickly. Thats why they are ripened in a cool room by that company.
    the chemical they release also helps other things riped, so if you avacado isnt quite ready, put it in a freezer bag with a banana for a daya and it will soften p and ripen.

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    In the ning nang nong...


    Packing a banana for morning tea on the strength of this! lol
    I'm so glad I'm not allergic to bananas. Bananas trigger migraines for my mum and she really misses bananas. I've grown up with banana sandwiches, sliced bananas in custard and, well, just love them! I shared a flat with a girl once who used to fall asleep if she had anything with banana in it. Poor thing.

    Thanks for posting the article!

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    didn't know that about bananas being helpful when giving up smoking - actually didn't know many of those fact about bananas! Are trying to give up smoking so think I will reach for a banana next time I'm wanting one!!

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