Friday, 16 October 2015


Photo credit: Matt Reinbold

If you ain't going bananas over banana yet, wait till you find out these mind blowing facts about them...

  1. The banana plant is not a tree, but a herb. In fact, it's the largest herb on the Earth. And botanically speaking, banana is a berry!

  2. Eating banana can cheer you up(literally)! Bananas are the only fruit to contain the amino acid   Tryptophan and Vitamin B6, which together help the body produce seratonin, the so-called "happy hormone" which helps improve mood and overall feelings of well-being.

  3. Bananas have high nutritional value and are a healthy snack. They are low in calories and have no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol. They contain vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6. Eating two bananas can give you enough energy for a 90-minute workout!

  4. It's extremely hard to extract juice from bananas, even though they're 75% water. Their molecular structure is just not very squeezable. The currently available banana juice is blended banana, not squeezed banana. If you don't believe me, try squeezing a banana.

    Scientist at Mumbai based Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC), Nuclear Agriculture and Bi-technology division(FILPY), have developed a bench level technology for extracting almost 60%-70%  of the total soluble materials of banana in the form of juice and left over pulp can be dryed into powder. BARC has already patented this technology!

  5. More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year in the world, making them the fourth most popular agricultural product, following only wheat,rice and corn.

  6. To know one's surprise, India is the leading producer of bananas. But what's interesting is we are not even in the top ten banana-exporting countries (we are ranked 24th). So we must really love bananas, but not as much as people in Uganda who are the largest consumer of bananas. The average citizen eats around 190 kg of the fruit every year – roughly three bananas a day!

  7. Bananas as we know them may soon be extinct – and it’s happened before. Until the 1950s, the Gros Michel variety was top banana, but it was effectively wiped out by Panama disease and had to be replaced by the Cavendish (most popular across the world). That's because they have nearly no genetic diversity -- the plants are all clones of one another. One aggressive bug or disease is all that it would take to wipe bananas out completely.

  8. Fibre taken from banana plants can be used to make clothes . The banana fibres were reported to be elegant and highly versatile. It is classified as medium quality fibre and perform very well in combination with other fibres for making articles like handicrafts,currency etc.

  9. Bananas are naturally radioactive. Yes, you read it correctly. They contain small amounts of the isotope potassium-40, which is radioactive in nature. You don't need to worry though as this naturally occurring radiation has very little effect on the body.

    Although, the fruit is sometimes used to explain quantities of radiation. For example: the radiation exposure from consuming a banana is approximately 1% of the average daily exposure to radiation, which is 100 banana equivalent doses (BED). The maximum permitted radiation leakage for a nuclear power plant is equivalent to 2,500 BED (250 ╬╝Sv), while a chest CT scan delivers 70,000 BED (7 mSv).

  10. Oh by the way, a cluster of bananas is formally called a "hand" while a single banana is called a "finger" ( seriously!).

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