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Surprising Facts about Bananas

The information you are going to get from this Article are:
1. What is a banana?
2. Is banana barry or a fruit?
3. What is plantain and its relation with bananas?
4. Which banana is the healthiest?
5. The health benefits of bananas.
6. Side effects of banana.
7. Why some people are allergic to bananas?


The name Banana comes from the Arabic word “Banan” which means fingers and the scientific name is “Musa acuminata”. Banana is from the kingdom “Plantae” and the family “Musaceae”.


There are many types of fruits in the world. Barries are included in the simple types of fruits. That’s why all the barries are fruits but all fruits are not barries. A simple type of fruit developed from the single ovary of a single flower. The simple fruit has a soft exocarp (outer skin), a fleshy mesocarp (middle part of the fruit), and also contain soft endocarp (inner part) containing one or more seeds. Banana is botanically (a substance obtained from the plants) a “Barry” because it fulfills all the requirements of a barry. It develops from the single ovary of a flower and has a soft exocarp, fleshy mesocarp, and its endocarp has many small seeds.


Plantains, the scientific name ” Musa Paradisiaca” are the forms of fruits that look like bananas. plantains are cooked bananas. They are larger than bananas and have thick skin. They can be eaten raw but it’s better to eat cooked plantains. Their taste is also different from bananas. Bananas contain more sugar but plantains are higher in starch. Plantains are the source of vitamins and minerals such as potassium and magnesium. They are maybe yellow, green, or dark brown. The difference between green bananas and green plantains is that plantains have long and pointy ends and green bananas have short, rounded ends.

The Healthiest Banana

Green banana has more nutrients as compared to yellow banana. Green bananas have a high amount of resistant starch and pectin. They are less sweeter than bananas but when they become ripe and yellow the starch present in them turns into sugar. Green bananas lower blood sugar levels improve digestion and are also very good for type 2 diabetes.


Banana has many health benefits. If you want to live as a healthy person and also want to have healthy skin, must eat 1 or 2 bananas per day. It balances blood pressure and also protects muscles from damage. Banana has a high amount of Potassium, which is very good for balancing blood pressure, regulating heartbeat, reducing the risk of stroke (it is a disease that occurs when blood arteries leading to the brain are blocked by the clots), avoiding harmful effects caused by sodium on blood pressure, and also protecting muscles from damage. 

Banana is also very rich in magnesium which is very important for your skin. Lack of magnesium can make your skin dull and infected. Magnesium plays a vital role in hundreds of biochemical reactions. It helps in energy production, supporting muscles, and better nerve functioning. It helps to reduce anxiety and depression. Banana is a source of vitamin B6 that produces red blood cells and helps increase metabolism (it is a chemical reaction in the cells to convert food into energy). It helps keep the immune system strong by making antibodies that are needed to fight different infections and diseases. Bananas are also very beneficial for digestion. Fiber present in bananas eliminates waste material from the stomach. It removes bad cholesterol from the body. 

People who eat two bananas per day are less depressed because of the presence of a protein called tryptophan in bananas which is later converted into serotonin (a hormone that stabilizes the mood and emotions of well-being) by the body. Bananas are also very good for diabetes patients because bananas provide nutrition without adding a high number of calories. Iron present in bananas protects bones and teeth from damage. Iron is necessary for making hemoglobin in the red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to other body parts and myoglobin that gives oxygen to the muscles. 

Carotenoid in bananas boosts eye health because it consists of lutein and zeaxanthin which are the best nutrients for the eyes. Carotenoids also reduce the risk of glaucoma (a group of eye conditions that harms the optic nerve) and blindness.

Side Effects

Side effects of banana are very few because it consists of a high amount of proteins, minerals, and vitamins but it’s also true that intake of anything in a high amount is bad for your health. If you want to drink water after eating a banana, you should wait 15 to 20 minutes because drinking water just after eating a banana can cause indigestion. Eating bananas at night can cause stomach problems. it is a heavy fruit and due to the lowest mechanism at night, our stomach takes time to digest it. A high amount of bananas can cause temporary problems like headaches, nausea, vomiting, cramping, an increase in sugar quantity, etc. Some people are allergic to bananas.

Latex Allergy

Those who are allergic to bananas may also have a latex allergy. Latex is produced by the proteins present in the rubber trees which cause allergies. These proteins are also found in some fruits such as bananas. The people who are to bananas face the signs a few seconds or minutes later after eating. The signs are hives, itching, running nose, Diarrhoea, etc. Banana allergy can also lead to a severe condition called “Anaphylaxis” which is a life-threatening allergic condition.

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