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Why Is Banana And Banana Milk So Good For You?

Updated on May 4, 2016
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction To Bananas
  • Nutrients In Bananas
  • Nutritional Levels In Bananas
  • Banana benefits Health
  • Uses Of Banana For Health
  • Some Of My Other Hubs On Healthy Foods
  • Banana Recipes
  • Poll
  • Videos


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Introduction To Bananas

Banana is probably the most widely grown fruit worldwide. It is sweet and creamy to taste and is a favorite with children, young and old alike. It should not be eaten on an empty stomach but after meals and it gives strength when done so. It strengthens the muscles and tissues. A maximum of 3 bananas should be taken in a day.

To eliminate the tri doshas (3 defects) of Vaat(air), Pitt(heat) and Phlegm(cough), eat banana with sugar. If discomfort or digestive uneasiness is felt after eating bananas, eat cardamom for relief.

Nutrients In Bananas

  • Bananas are rich in calories while at the same time are low in fats.
  • It is soft and easily digestible and is thus a good source of instant energy due to the the simple sugars present in it. Athletes often use it to get instant energy. It is a wonderful aid to improve weight gain in underweight children.
  • The soluble dietary fibre is in good amounts while it contains many polyphenolic antioxidants.
  • It has high amount of vitamins B6, and C, good amounts of minerals copper, manganese and magnesium as well as potassium.


Nutritional Levels In Bananas

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Banana fruit (Musa acuminata colla),  
   
 
Nutritive Value per 100 g
 
 
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
 
Principle
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Energy
90 Kcal
4.50%
Carbohydrates
22.84 g
18%
Protein
1.09g
2%
Total Fat
0.33 g
1%
Cholesterol
0 mg
0%
Dietary Fiber
2.60 g
7%
Vitamins
 
 
Folates
20 µg
5%
Niacin
0.665 mg
4%
Pantothenic acid
0.334 mg
7%
Pyridoxine
0.367 mg
28%
Riboflavin
0.073 mg
5%
Thiamin
0.031 mg
2%
Vitamin A
64 IU
2%
Vitamin C
8.7 mg
15%
Vitamin E
0.10 mg
1%
Vitamin K
0.5 µg
1%
Electrolytes
 
 
Sodium
1 mg
0%
Potassium
358 mg
8%
Minerals
 
 
Calcium
5 mg
0.50%
Copper
0.078 mg
8%
Iron
0.26 mg
2%
Magnesium
27 mg
7%
Manganese
0.270 mg
13%
Phosphorus
22 mg
3%
Selenium
1.0 µg
2%
Zinc
0.15 mg
1%
Phyto-nutrients
 
 
Carotene-?
25 µg
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Carotene-ß
26 µg
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Lutein-zeaxanthin
22 µg
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Banana Benefits Health

Banana is one of the richest sources of potassium but extremely low in sodium, which is great for reducing incidence of heart disease, blood pressure and stroke. It protects from the harmful effects of stomach acids like ulcer and also suppresses acid production. It controls diarrhoea and also normalises elimination problems including constipation.

The number of polyphenolic antioxidants help in controlling and preventing heart disease and stroke incidences and other diseases. The vitamin C is a good immunity booster and antioxidant.

Bananas are high in calories and provide instant energy. They also help in gaining weight in underweight children.

Banana increases semen quantity and sperm quantity and is beneficial in eye diseases. It can be eaten in place of meals. It contains a lot of starch and sugar. Children can be given banana mixed with milk as a milkshake. It removes phlegm and heat from the body. It's always better to eat fresh bananas but if it is not available or if the child throws tantrums while eating or drinking it, one can use banana powder to reap the same benefits.

Uses of Banana For Health

In Typhoid.

It is an ideal food. It reduces hunger and thirst.

In Mud Eating In Child.

Banana benefits by removing the habit of mud eating. Add honey to a ripe banana and give it to eat.

In Itching and Rashes.

Add lemon juice to mashed banana and apply. The rashes might feel to aggravate initially but continuing this application will make the rashes go away.

In Injury, scrapes and scratches.

Tying the banana skin on the spot prevents swelling. Also, making a dough of flour and ripe banana and warming it before tying as a dressing helps.

In swellings.

Banana benefits in all types of swellings.

In stomach diseases.

It helps in all stomach related afflictions like diarrhoea, gastritis, colitis, and gastric ulcer when taken as a food and promotes a disease free condition. It removes swelling of the intestine.

In nausea & heartburn.

1. Mash 2 bananas and add sugar and cardamom for relief.

2. Put ghee(clarified butter) on a ripe banana to remove these symptoms.

In leucorrhoea .

1. Eat 2 bananas and then drink milk to which honey has been added.

2. Eat 1 banana with 8 gms of ghee once in morning and then in evening for 10 days.

3. Eating a kheer(pudding) made of sugar and banana also helps.

In heart pain.

Eat 2 bananas with 15 gms honey for relief.

In gastric ulcer.

Eating banana with milk together helps a lot.

In diarrhoea.

Eat 2 bananas with curd for a few days stops diarrhoea and colitis.

In stomatitis.

Banana benefits in stomatitis of the tongue.Eat 1 banana with curd made of cow's milk in the morning.

In burns.

Applying mashed banana on the burn gives relief.

In nosebleed.

Add sugar to a glass of milk to which 2 mashed bananas have been added. Whip it well and take for 10 days.

To put on weight.

Eat 2 bananas and then drink 250 ml hot milk on this. Do this for 3 months.

CAUTION

Do not continue this if bloating occurs.

In stoppage of urine.

Take 4 tsp juice of banana stem. Add 2 tsp ghee . Drink this. It starts flow of urine and gives immediate relief.

In increased frequency of urine.

Eat 1 banana and drink 1/2 cup of amla (Indian Gooseberry) juice to which sugar has been added to taste. this reduces frequency of urination. Banana benefits by reducing the frequency of urination.

Banana benefits In tuberculosis.

Raw banana or juice of the stem of banana plant has the capacity to relieve symptoms of TB. Persons suffering from chronic cough, lot of phlegm, excessive perspiration at night with high fever, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, loss of weight, should take the following:

Take out juice from a piece of thick stem of the banana plant. Strain this and take 1 to 2 cups every 2 hours sipping it slowly. In 3 days one will find a lot of relief. In 2 months' time this can help in relieving TB altogether. Take out fresh juice every 24 hours.

In excessive phlegm production.

Take 8 to 10 gms banana leaves. Put in 200 ml water and let it stand for some hours. After this strain the water and take 1 tbsp of this water 3 times a day. It helps to remove the thick phlegm from the lungs.

Juice of banana leaves when mixed with honey and taken heals the wounds in the lungs reduces phlegm and stops blood in the sputum.

In high blood pressure.

Banana has low sodium content and high potassium. Thus banana benefits by controlling high BP. Banana does not contain cholesterol and hence does not increase fat.

As a food for children.

Children and old people should eat 2 bananas with milk in the morning. this provides 1/4 th the daily requirement of Vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.

In asthma.

Eat less of banana and note if the symptoms increase. If so, stop eating bananas. Asthmatic persons are allergic to bananas in some cases.

CAUTION.

1. In a weak digestive system, arthritis and diabetes do not eat bananas.

2. If indigestion occurs due to eating bananas, eat cardamom for relief.

In smoking.

The vitamins B6, B12, and minerals potassium and magnesium help the body to recover from nicotine withdrawal and hence, banana benefits smokers who quit smoking or want to quit smoking.

In warts.

To remove warts, place the banana skin on the wart with the yellow side out. Tie it firmly to keep in place.

In nerves.

Banana benefits in calming down the nerves in high pressure jobs.

In hangovers.

To get rid of this, make a banana milk shake with honey and drink.

In premenstrual symptoms.

Banana benefits in premenstrual symptoms due to its vitamin B6 content which regulates the blood sugar level. The tryptophan content, is converted to serotonin by the body, which is known to relax the body and improve mood.


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The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

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      Tabatha Hayden Payne 5 years ago from West Midlands

      A really useful piece. Enjoyed reading it.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Ritu I'm afraid that is not possible since banana is cooling and phlegm forming. Thanks for your query. It is best you provide him some good alternate fruit. Thanks for reading.

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      ritu 5 years ago

      my so loves bananas but becoz he gets phelgm easily ,doc has advised him not to eat bananas ..... can banana be given in any form that doesn't cause phelgm

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Kuldeep, I think that is too much. Thanks for reading.

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      kuldeep 5 years ago

      i am having 12 bananas everyday for weight gain , is it good

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      Harsha Vardhana R 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Great info! Banana is good for brain too! Thanks for clearing the misconception that banana causes fat and bad for heart

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for reading and commenting Cathleena. I'm glad you like the info. Thank you.

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Wow - I knew bananas were healthy, but I didn't realize they had so many benefits before I read this hub. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on this tasty fruit.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ naimishikha, shampa - thank you both for the encouraging comments. Thanks for reading and appreciating and sharing, Shampa.

      @ daniel - thanks for stopping by.

      @ iguidenetwork - milk and banana is a healthy combination and has synergistic health benefits. Apreciate your stopping by.

      @ StephSwv - thanks for visiting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ sea monster and oceansider - thanks for reading and leaving your appreciation.

      @ Stephanie - Thanks for reading and tweeting.

      @ Lisa - thank you so much for all the appreciation and sharing the hub.

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you!

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      iguidenetwork 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      It's a great article. Fortunately, I both like banana and milk, but I didn't know their amazing benefits they can bring to our health, until now. Thanks for posting! :)

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      danielabram 5 years ago

      Have you had banana beer? It's very popular in Rwanda.

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      Shampa Sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      Superb and helpful article. Banana is my favorite fruit. Some of it's benefits were know but definitely not up to the length of your list. Very well done! Sharing it.

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      Venugopaal 5 years ago from India

      Hi Rajan Sir, Nice and informative hub about banana.. I do eat banana daily, but not aware about all these facts... Thanks for sharing it to the web.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I love this hub about bananas! I eat them at least 3 times a week. I do have to admit that I didn't realize their full nutritional value, so I have learned a great deal from reading your hub! Thank you rajan! Lisa Thumbs up and shared again! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I'm amazed at the many health benefits of bananas! Excellent hub, well researched and full of fascinating information. Voted up and tweeted!

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Hi Rajan,

      Thank you for your very excellent article about the benefits of bananas. I eat them and know they are very healthy, but I didn't know they were good for so many things.

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      seamonster 5 years ago

      Nice hub, it makes me want to eat more bananas. I knew they were good for me, but this brings it home.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thank you Asma. Glad you liked.

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      asmaiftikhar 5 years ago from Pakistan

      Rjan that hub is about my favorite fruit.so live that to know about it.thanks for sharing

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Felicia - thanks for stopping by.

      @ smarter4ever - I'm glad to provide info that is useful. Thanks for the visit.

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      smarter4ever 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      This is just fantastic. I knew bananas were healthy, but I had no idea all the health issues they can eliminate. Voted up!

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      Felicia Vasquez 5 years ago from New Mexico

      MMM! Banana milk that sound yummy! My son is allergic to real milk so gonna see if this is better!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Cyndi - thanks for reading and yes for the linking too. Appreciate it.

      @ Michael - Oh I'm sp happy you found it useful and informative. thanks for all the compliments and sharing the hub. Indebted as always.

      @ Glimmer Twin Fan - Banana has been my favorite fruit since childhood. I still remember my dad never really let bananas go out of stock at home. Thanks for your input.

      @ jainismus - glad you found the information useful Mahavir. Thanks for reading and sharing.

      @ CCahill - nice to know you derived a lot of info via this hub. Thanks for visiting, reading and sharing the hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      That is good to hear nanderson. Consuming a mix of fruits is more healthy.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Good hub, I like to eat bananas although oranges are my favorite fruit.

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      CCahill 5 years ago from England

      This Hub is brilliant, i had no idea that so many things were in Bannana's, i thought it was just sugar and pottassium, its great to know that a whole range of Vitamins and Minerals are also included, since i already like to eat them.

      Thanks for sharing this information Rajan, Voted up and Shared via Hubpages

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Thank you Rajan for sharing this great information about Banana and Banana Milk, and their health benefit. Voted up and shared with followers.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Bananas are so good and I try to eat them when I can. My grandmother at a banana a day for as long as I can remember and I remember a bowl of them on the counter at all times. Interesting and useful hub!

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good afternoon Rajan,

      I never knew bananas could help with nicotine withdrawal. How interesting. I do like banana and banana milk in shakes.

      The health benefits outlined in this exceptional hub are incredibly useful and helpful.

      Another great contribution Rajan well done my friend.

      All the appropriate votes and sharing.socially.

      Michael

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I was looking for a hub on benefits of bananas and I came across yours. Of COURSE you would have a hub on bananas - you are awesome with all your hubs on the benefits of different foods. This is great!! I learned a lot of things that I didn't know about them, too. I'm glad I'm about to publish a banana bread hub and I'll link to this!! Nicely done!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      cebutouristspot, thanks for your input which I'm sure will a source of inspiration to those wanting to shed weight.

      Thanks for visiting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      KimberlyLake, thanks for reading and appreciating. Thanks for the vote and sharing.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      Banana is magnificent for people trying to lose weight. I used to hate banana but have since learn to like it due to losing weight :)

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      Great Information on the health benefits of bananas. Great Hub. Socially Shared and voted up.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Susan, you are right. The potassium in banana reduces cramps. Thanks for stopping by to read and leaving your appreciation.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I find that if I eat a banana or two a day I don't get as many leg and foot cramps during the night because of the potassium. Excellent hub!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Cheneats, thanks for the wonderful info. Banana peels have a much higher potassium and fiber content than than banana pulp and can be used for benefit. Thanks for reading and commenting. I will check out the link you have provided.

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      cheneats 5 years ago from Sunshine State

      Hello Rajan,

      Very informative! I grow bananas in my backyard and eat them before my daily workout and used them in smoothies. They make the best smoothies when they are very ripe. I use whole banana including banana skin or peels in smoothies to get the extra health benefits of whole food. For details, check out my hub https://hubpages.com/food/I-Eat-Banana-Peels...

      Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for stopping by, reading and voting up. Bananas would probably come a close second to Apples in health benefit. Glad to know this hub provided you some extra information.

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Hello Rajan,

      Bananas is the favorite food of my house and you have made me happy after reading so many benefits of this fruit.

      Voted up and useful indeed.

      Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Melovy, it's good to know that you like bananas and are aware of its health benefits. my effort is worthwhile noting that my hub made you aware of it's use in nosebleed and I sincerely hope it works for you, of which I have no doubt.

      Many thanks for reading and leaving comments.I really appreciate it.

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      Yvonne Spence 6 years ago from UK

      Very informative hub, you’ve done masses of research. I love bananas on toast, it gives me energy and keeps sugar cravings at bay. I didn’t know they were good for nosebleeds, that’s useful information as one of my daughters often gets nosebleeds.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks, sunshine for finding the hub informative and voting it up.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A banana a day keeps the doctor away! Excellent hub with lots of information about this bountiful fruit! Voted UP!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ manisha, it gives me great satisfaction to see that I was able to provide you some extra information which could prove useful.Thanks very much for leaving your supporting comments.

      @ Dex, thanks once again, I really value your comments and I'm glad to note that you found it informative. It really means a lot to me.

      @ kawaljit, thanks for such high comments. It is a pleasure to get such comments and thanks for voting up.

      I'm sure you found it informative.

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      Kawaljit kaur 6 years ago from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India)

      rajan jolly ji

      What to say. Every hub of yours always prove fantastic. voted up.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Rajan! Great, informative hub as usual. I try to eat bananas often. I didn't know there were benefits other than the nutritional ones.

      Thanks for educating us. Voted up, up and away!

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      manisha2877 6 years ago from Amritsar, Punjab, India

      Thanks for sharing the qualities of banana with all of us.Your hub is really informative and useful for all.To tell the truth i never ever knew these medicinal qualities of banana.Good job sir.

      Hats off for you.

      Best wishes

      May God Bless You

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      MsDora,I'm happy you got something out of this hub. your comments are so welcome. I really appreciate your input.

      Best Wishes.

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      Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing all this information. The one that surprises is that banana is good for burns. My new lesson for the day.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ zanaworld, it's good to see you read the hub inspite of you avoiding this fruit for health reasons. Thank you so much. I really appreciate this.

      @ InTuneWithCooking, thanks for the appreciative comment and for stopping by to read. I hope the hub helps you in some way.

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Great information! I didn't realise that they can affect asthma, and I will definitely make use of them for the hangover cure ;)

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      SA Shameel 6 years ago from Bangalore

      rajan jolly

      thanks for giving such an elaborate information on my favorite fruit banana.

      but for health reason, I need to avoid this now...

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      thanks for stopping by and reading, peramore.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Ardie thanks for reading and leaving a comment.Great to note that the kids love bananas.

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      peramore20 6 years ago from Greensburg, PA

      Bananas are such an excellent source of potassium. I keep trying to feed them to my one year old, but he just doesn't seem to like them. He did when he was younger and I squashed them in his cereal, so hopefully he gets back into liking them. Anyway, thank you for sharing this hub and all the wonderful benefits of bananas.

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Whoa! I didn't realize just how many health benefits we got from the banana :) Lucky thing we always have a steady supply on hand here. If I'm without bananas the kids go crazy!!