Archive for Thursday, September 11, 2008

Bananas over bananas

September 11, 2008

Did you know that bananas are the world's largest herb, Musa sapientium, which is directly related to the orchid family?

Trying to think of something to write about this evening, I was munching on a banana. Then it hit me to write about something that has more benefits than any other fruit. They are easy to take on picnics or trips because they have a perfect built-in wrapper and do not need to be refrigerated. They have many more health benefits than an apple, two times as many carbohydrates, five times as much vitamin A and three times as much phosphorus. They are also rich in potassium and natural sugars and are high in iron. They can stimulate production of hemoglobin. It helps in cases of anemia.

Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. This helps reduce swelling and irritation. In Thailand expectant mothers eat bananas to insure their babies are born with a cool temperature. Bananas are believed to help with mood disorders including depression,

The U.S. Food and Drug Association recently allowed the banana industry to make official claims that bananas reduce the risk of blood pressure problems. It has been reported that bananas will reduce death by stroke by as much as 40 percent. Bananas are used in beauty products to relieve dry skin. One manufacturer of beauty products uses 250,000 bananas each year in their products.

Your cut-up banana peelings cultivated around your rose bushes adds a great deal to the beauty of your roses. We have done this and it works. It is also good to tape the inside of a banana skin to a wart to remove it. It's worth a try if you have that problem.

Bananas are the number one source of energy for athletes. Eating two bananas will give you enough energy for an hour-and-a-half workout. This is why we always give out bananas to the runners at the 5K race that is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. Francis De Sales Church.

I always put a banana in my fruit drink every day, besides having one for a bedtime snack. One of my favorite treats when we are on vacation is a banana split.


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