12 Top Food Facts: Bananas

27 Sep

  1. Bananas actually don’t grow on trees, but the Musa sapientium, the world’s biggest herb, which can grow up to 35 feet tall
  2. Bananas are a great source of potassium, containing 400mg per 100g of banana.  Potassium helps lower blood pressure, provide energy, aid muscle growth and prevent muscle cramps
  3. Bananas contain all 8 amino acids (the molecules that make up protein) that the body cannot produce itself
  4. The word banana most likely originates from banan, an Arabic word meaning finger 
  5. Players, officials, and ball boys and girls consume an incredible 23,000 bananas every year at the Wimbledon tennis championships
  6. Ripe bananas – which have brown spots – are good for easing diarrhoea as their pectin, potassium and magnesium mix soothe the stomach
  7. Bananas are the perfect hangover cure.  They replace lost potassium, their antacid eases nausea and their magnesium soothes painful heads
  8. British people buy more bananas at the supermarket than any other food
  9. Banana skins can also be rubbed on mosquito bites to help reduce itching and swelling
  10. Studies by doctors in India show that eating 2 bananas a day can reduce blood pressure by 10%
  11. Bananas contain more carbohydrate than any other fruit, high amounts of fibre, and 3 different sugars (fructose, sucrose and glucose).  These sugars enter the bloodstream at different speeds, giving a long lasting energy and avoiding blood sugar spikes
  12. Seven million bananas are eaten in Britain every year

2 Responses to “12 Top Food Facts: Bananas”

  1. Jillybean September 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm #


    • Katie Williams September 27, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

      Thanks Jill! 🙂

      Are you a banana fan? They’re mine and Aspen’s favourite!

      Katie x

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