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30  Amazing Facts – Banana | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. Amazingly over 100 million tons of bananas are produced every year, making it the world’s most popular fruit.
  2. Bananas are a staple food for millions of people and is considered to be the fourth most important crop after rice, wheat and maize.
  3. Fact is edible bananas evolved from a plant in the Indo-Malaysian region. However presently most modern bananas are grown in tropical regions like South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
  4. India is the biggest banana producer in the world, followed by Brazil . Over twenty percent of the world’s bananas are grown in India. Amazing fact is that they are not even in the top ten banana-exporting countries keeping them all for themselves.
  5. The World’s biggest exporter of bananas is Ecuador.
  6. The most expensive bananas in the world can be found in Australia , up to $15 per kilogram. The Australian government has banned imports of bananas, meaning that any problem with their own harvest results in huge price rises.
  7. Uganda has the highest per capita consumption of bananas in the world. The average citizen eats about 200 kg of the fruit every year , roughly three bananas a day.
  8. Amazing fact is that the bananas we buy in stores and supermarkets are genetically identical clones, all descended from one banana. These bananas are seedless and sterile; Natural bananas used to be short, fat and had huge seeds ( Gros Michel).
  9. Amazingly there is a risk of banana’s getting extinct. Until the 1950s, the Gros Michel variety was top banana, but it was effectively wiped out by Panama disease and had to be replaced by the Cavendish that we enjoy today. This variety being resistant was not affected by Panama disease. There is only one variety left in the world and If it is affected by any disease , whole World’s crop could be wiped out as it has happened before with other varieties.
  10. Just one banana plant has 12 to 20 individual bananas, called fingers that make up a hand. Each stem develops 7 to 20 hands of bananas. A bunch can contain amazing 400 bananas.
  11. A strawberry is not a berry, but a banana is. They do not produce mature seeds . There are still tiny little seeds in banana, but they don’t serve any function in the banana reproduction.
  12. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. In fact, the average American eats 27 pounds of bananas every year.
  13. Contrary to popular belief, bananas do not grow on trees. it is actually the world’s largest perennial herb posing as a tree growing up to 25 feet, developing massive banana leaves extending 9 feet in the air.
  14. The rhizomes, or roots, of banana plants can be hundreds of years old.
  15. Amazing fact is it’s awfully hard to extract juice from bananas even though they’re 80% water. Their molecular structure is just not very squeezable. The currently available banana juice is blended banana, not squeezed banana.
  16. Amazingly bananas are naturally radioactive. This comes from the fact that they contain about half a gram of radioactive potassium. Specifically, they contain Potassium-40, which is a radioactive isotope of potassium.BED (Banana Equivalent Dose) of 10 means the same amount of radiation as if the you had eaten 10 bananas.
  17. Amazing thing is the banana tree, or herb, bears only one bunch of bananas before dying. Luckily, it shoots a new “eye” (a baby plant) before dying, the entire process only taking about ten years.
  18. Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber.
  19. The banana’s combination of carbohydrates, simple sugars and dietary fiber provides  an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy needed for physical activity. 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.
  20. Bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein plus vitamin B6 which together help the body produce  serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier just ideal for any depression.
  21. Banana has relatively high Iron content and can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood  helping anemia.
  22. Banana’s amazingly high potassium content yet low in salt, making it perfect for blood pressure. FDA has allowed banana to be promoted for reducing the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
  23. The potassium-packed banana can assist learning by making pupils more alert increasing the brain power.
  24. Banana is high in fiber and can help restore normal bowel action helping in constipation.
  25. One of the best way 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.
  26. Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body , so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. It neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
  27. In mosquito bite try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
  28. Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..
  29. Many cultures use  bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand  pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
  30. A Banana a day keeps the doctor away! would be justified because as compared to apple , it has 4 times the protein, 2 times the carbohydrate, 3 times the phosphorus, 5 times the vitamin A and iron, and 2 times other vitamins and minerals. Banana also contains 15% of your daily recommended Vitamin C helping your body heal. Add that it is potassium rich and you can say it is one of the best value foods.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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