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Ten Things You Might Not Know About Bananas

Updated on December 4, 2009

My family and I are bananas about bananas! We can't keep them in the house. We probably go through several bunches of bananas every single week.

So simple, yet versatile. So undervalued, yet packed full of nutrition. It should come as no surprise then, that bananas are always our first choice when we're suffering from a "snack attack".

I could write an ode to my love of bananas, instead here's a list of ten things you just might not know about an often under-appreciated fruit.

1.) Botanically, a banana is a berry.

2.) The mineral Manganese - which is essential for bone formation, body growth, normal metabolism activity, and many essential enzymes, is found in bananas.

3.) The protein found in a banana, is made up of 18 amino-acids, including all the essential ones your body cannot make in sufficient quantity, or fails to make at all.

4.) Since bananas are rich in potassium, they can aid in reducing hypertension.

5.) Bananas have five-sided cross sections.

6.) There are a hundred or more varieties of bananas!

7.) During the post-World War II era, bananas were an occasional luxury.

8.) Bananas have been cultivated in the Canary Island for centuries. Spanish colonizers took them to the Caribbean shortly after the discovery of America.

9.) Migraine headaches are caused by the swelling of the blood vessels in the head. Certain foods contain chemicals that can contribute to this problem. Bananas are one of these foods.

10.) Bananas are a great natural remedy for both diarrhea and constipation!

Who'd thought, that under the simple peel of a banana, lay so much richness and depth.


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      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by bond70 and for your input.

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      bond70 6 years ago

      to answer jim10 from the comment 17 months ago

      oh yes...banana fruit is a kind of berry, if one recalls well the botany lesson in high school (if ever has taken one). it was a surprise to have learned the fact that berry fruits are identified as being many seeded with a fleshy inner layer. banana is one of those!! yep!!

      enjoy banana....we all love it :-)

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Isn't information like this so cool. Thanks for the feedback.

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Incredible Veronica. I didn't know about this before.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the feedbaxk fellow hubbers! I thought it was so interesting that a banana is botancially considered a berry as well.

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Berry interesting information! :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Great hub, I never knew banana was a berry. Thanks for sharing those facts about bananas.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      It's true jim10. Botanically the term “berry” designates simple, fleshy fruits that usually have many seeds. According to that definition, bananas are berries (tomatoes too!)

      fyxer, I'm not sure which ones have the most health benefits. I'm going to do some research on that. Great question.

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      fyxer 8 years ago from mt vernon

      ripe bananas or green bananas which one have the most health benefits?

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      No way! A banana can't possibly be a berry. Are you sure? Banana's are great. I'm always amazed that monkeys eat them upside down and that they grown on giant plants and not tree's.