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10 Facts you didn’t know about Bananas

Every year more than 100 billion bananas are consumed and it is the single most popular fruit in the world. You must be eating bananas too, unless you are severely allergic to them.

Here is a list of amazing banana facts, some of these will definitely blow your mind!

1) Bananas are actually berries

It may come as surprise to learn that bananas are actually a type of berry. A berry is a fruit that has a seed or several seeds enclosed inside its flesh. But, bananas don’t have seeds, right? Actually, they do. The seeds of a banana are so small that you can’t see them with the naked eye.

2) Bananas put you in a good mood.

The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood, generally leaving you in a extremely high spirits.

3) Bananas can battle high blood pressure

 Banana consists of potassium that is extremely good for your blood pressure. It lowers your pressure and helps in preventing strokes too.

4) Bananas help you stay focused.

The potassium in bananas not only help you maintain your good mood but it also helps you stay focused at school and work.

5) Sooth bug bites!


Source: wikiHow

The inside of a banana peel is the king of skin transforming attributes. It offers unmatched beauty benefits upon use. However, its efficacy in reducing the inflammation caused due to mosquito bite is a lesser known fact. Banana peel comes loaded with the goodness of anti-oxidants. It also makes a revolutionary anti-inflammatory agent against inflammations caused due to bugs bite.

6) Humans share around 50% of their DNA with bananas

Scientists such as SteveJones have suggested this bizarre fact. Presumably by ‘genes’ people are referring to the predicted protein-coding genes, approx 36,000 in the banana genome which is more than that predicted in humans.

7) Bananas fight depression

Bananas help in fighting depression by converting tryptophan into serotonin. This lifts up your mood and helps in remaining cheerful throughout the day.

8) Hangover cures

Bananas are gentle on the stomach and good for  keeping up your blood sugar. They contain a lot of potassium, a mineral lost when we drink alcohol and a lack of which contributes to the dehydration symptoms of a hangover.’

9) Bananas get artificially ripened (after being shipped) to one of seven “shades” of ripeness.

Bananas are shipped green because they’re too delicate and perishable otherwise, so distribution facilities use extremely precise storage technology to then trick bananas into ripening before they go to market

10) Bananas are in danger of being completely wiped out by disease.

Despite the fact that there are more than 1,000 banana varieties on earth, almost every single imported banana on the commercial market belongs to a single variety, called the Cavendish. These bananas became dominant throughout the industry in the 1960s because they were resistant to a fungal disease (called Panama Race One) that wiped out what had previously been the most popular banana, the Gros Michel. But signs point, pretty convincingly, to the Cavendish’s own demise within the next decade.

 

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