Bananas are good for you, but for the most part, that is all we know about this popular fruit. In fact, there is so much information bananas, from when it was first grown to what the future holds for it. There are also some crazy not-so-positive facts that a lot of people do not know. some of them are listed below.
- THEY ARE MORE THAN JUST FOOD
Bananas are not always used solely as food. They have some other uses that most people are not really aware of. In Latin America, the leaves of the banana plant are often held upside down and turned into a makeshift coat or umbrella during rainy periods. In the Philippines, fibre from the banana plant pseudo-stem is sometimes turned into a fabric called agna through a process of weaving and is then used as material for everything from handkerchiefs to shirts. Two different parts of the banana plant, the bark and stem fibres, are utilized in the manufacture of banana paper, with the paper made from bark being primarily used for art purposes while stem fibre paper is manufactured on an industrial scale. The peel of the banana is capable of acting as a water purifier, removing heavy metal contamination.
2. THEY DON’T HAVE AS MUCH POTASSIUM IN THEM AS PEOPLE THINK
There is popular belief that bananas contain more potassium than they really do, and even virtually more than any other foodstuff, but, in fact, one medium-sized banana will give you just 422 miligrams of potassium when eaten raw. This still puts them pretty high up on the list of potassium-rich foods but also means that many other fruits and vegetables offer a higher dose of this vital nutrient—such as raw spinach, dehydrated apricots, dehydrated and stewed peaches, and raw cress.
3. JULES VERNE POPULARIZED BANANAS
Jules Verne, author of classic adventure stories, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. But in his 1873 novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, the French writer included enthusiastic descriptions of bananas that sparked interest in the fruit among Europeans and Americans for the first time. In the novel, he described bananas as the fruit which is healthy as bread and is succulent as cream. The novel was a huge success and has been credited with bringing this fruit to the attention of US readers.
4. BANANAS ARE RADIOACTIVE
Bananas are a source of radiation. If you eat 700 bananas every day, it is not likely you die of radiation. Everything we eat is exposing us to some degree of radioactivity, but bananas are especially high in this. It is nothing to worry about, as you would need to eat 20 million of them—around 700 per day over a lifespan of 80 years—to achieve the sort of dosage that can cause life-threatening radiation poisoning.