Bananas are getting more and more popular!
Yes, it’s true. This is why we can find more and more varieties of this fruit in grocery stores. It’s hard to be surprised – they have so many vitamins and nutritional value. Bananas are distant relatives of ginger, turmeric, and cardamom.
Bananas’ long journey
Currently, bananas are available in most stores. However, as consumers, do you wonder how far they have to travel to reach us? Most of the bananas that reach Europe are grown in the Philippines, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, and Ecuador. Bananas for export are harvested when they are not yet ripe. The fruits are then transported to refrigerated ships, where they can stay for up to a month. In the country of destination, they will be placed in a special “ripening room” where they will ripen and turn yellow in a process involving a gas called ethylene. Ethylene is found in many fruits and vegetables. In the case of bananas, depending on how they are stored, they can ripen slowly over a week or 24 hours.
A serious advantage of bananas is that they are relatively cheap and available in almost every store throughout the year.
Bananas come in hundreds of edible varieties – it is estimated that about 400 are known. Did you know that several varieties of bananas are popular in stores around the world?
- Cavendish banana – began to be mass-grown at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. It has a characteristic curve and yellow skin.
- Banana “baby” – as the name suggests, these are miniature bananas.
- Red banana – it has a characteristic, brown-red skin and is slightly smaller than the “ordinary” banana, but the caloric value is similar.
A kick of energy!
Why do we often eliminate bananas from our diet? Due to their high caloric content. A banana usually weighs from 120 to 200 g, which means that it provides about 115-190 kcal. People on a slimming diet often have doubts about eating bananas. Indeed, a banana is high in calories and gives a lot of energy, but it’s worth reaching for it sometimes due to its nutritional value and the huge amount of vitamins. The vitamins present in a banana are C, B6, A, E, and K. The fruit is a rich source of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and sodium. Please remember that if you are trying to lose weight, you should eliminate dried bananas. They have three times more calories than fresh fruit. Due to this property, they are recommended for athletes who need an energy kick after training.
Perfect for food or alcohol poisoning
Few people know that bananas soothe the problems of the digestive system. People who suffer from peptic ulcer disease should eat them. Thanks to the fiber content, eating bananas also regulates the work of the intestines. The ingredients contained in them support the development of the natural intestinal flora. Bananas also contain electrolytes. Therefore, they are recommended in case of food poisoning, vomiting, or diarrhea. Many of us were probably “treated” with them in childhood by our mothers and grandmothers.
Interestingly, bananas are a rescue dish for people who have overdosed on alcohol and feel its unpleasant effects the next day – a cocktail based on this fruit with the addition of milk and honey will bring significant relief. They can help part with nicotine addiction because they relieve the desire for a cigarette.
And have you heard that bananas improve your mood? Yes, it is a real phenomenon. They contain tryptophan. Tryptophan is one of the substrates in the process of creating serotonin – the “happiness hormone”. So, who’s already on their way to buy bananas?
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