There’s no denying the banana is a highly versatile food. In more ways than one. It’s time to take a look at a few fun banana facts!
Fun banana facts
- Bananas make you happy! Bananas contain called tryptophan, a protein that increases serotonin. Serotonin is the chemical that helps to increase happiness!
- Bananas don’t actually grow on trees … They grow on plants! Did you know the banana plant is the world’s tallest herb? It’s not unusual for banana plants to grow to heights of more than eight metres tall! There are even banana plants that have measured 30 metres from root to tip!
- Are you thinking of dieting? You’ll want to keep a few bananas around. This is because bananas are a wonderfully healthy fruit. They contain fibre, as well as a type of starch that you can’t actually digest: both make you feel full and make it easier to quench your appetite. With only 110 calories and 30 grams of carbohydrates, bananas make a great afternoon snack or the perfect pre-workout food.
- You’ll also find that bananas don’t have any fat, sodium, or cholesterol. They do, however, fill your body with a variety of vitamins and minerals. These include vitamin C, potassium and vitamin B6.
- Research has shown that eating bananas can lower your risk of heart attack or stroke. In fact, bananas can even decrease your risk of developing certain types of cancer.
- You may have heard that if you put a banana in the refrigerator, the peel will turn dark brown or black. It’s true. But did you know that it won’t affect the fruit inside?
- Of course, there are better ways to keep your bananas fresh than popping them into the refrigerator. If you tightly wrap the stems of your bananas in plastic cling wrap, they’ll last three to five days longer.
- You can’t wait for those bananas to ripen? We understand! Put them into a sealed container—ideally a brown paper bag—and they’ll ripen more quickly. If you put another piece of fruit in, such as an apple or even a tomato, you’ll speed up the process even more!
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