Monday, October 29, 2012

Except For The Taste And Texture, I Like Bananas


No, I’m lying. I don’t like bananas. They are gross and disgusting and offensive to my tastes and senses. But I eat them. I don’t eat them from April through October because banana eaters attract mosquitoes, but I eat them. In fact, I ate one just now, because I believe bananas are good for me. At least I believed that until about 20 minutes ago.
Here’s why I thought bananas were healthy:
  • Four times the protein of an apple, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron.
  • Energy: Two bananas provide enough for a strenuous 90-minute workout.
  • Depression and SAD: Contain tryptophan, a protein that converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier, and limits Seasonal Affective Disorder.
  • PMS: Vitamin B6 regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
  • Anemia: High in iron to stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood.
  • Blood Pressure: High in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure.
  • Brain Power: Potassium-packed fruit makes students more alert.
  • Constipation: High in fiber to help restore normal bowel action.
  • Heartburn: Natural antacid effect for soothing relief.
  • Nerves: High in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
  • Strokes: Bananas can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40 percent.

It turns out this information, this eRumor, available widely online, is unsubstantiated, which means it is mostly wishful thinking, probably written by an enterprising greengrocer somewhere. At least that’s what TruthorFiction says: checked with one of the biggest distributors of bananas, the Chiquita Banana Company. A spokesperson told us that bananas are a wholesome, nutritious food and a good source of important vitamins, minerals, and macro nutrients including vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, and dietary fiber. He said that although he would like to say that everything in the eRumor is true, he is not able to and added that much of the email is based on assumption.
So you know what that means. No more bananas for me. Yipee!


  1. Replies
    1. Oh yes, just like that.

      Of course, bananas are easier to give up than, say, chocolate, or ice cream, or chocolate ice cream, or doughnuts....


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