Week 48 – Everything you need to know about bananas

Bananas are nature’s energy bar!

WHAT EATING BANANAS CAN DO FOR YOU:

  • Bananas are low in calories and have no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol. They contain vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6.
  • Research shows that eating bananas may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well as decrease the risk of getting some cancers.
  • Bananas are the only fruit that contains the amino acid tryptophan plus vitamin B6. They help your body produce serotonin—a natural substance that alleviates depression.
  • About half of all people who are allergic to latex are often also allergic to bananas.
  • Bananas are naturally slightly radioactive (thanks to their potassium content)—but the level of radiation is not high enough to cause harm.

TIP-TOP BANANA HANDLING TIPS:

  • Wrapping banana stems tightly in cling wrap will make them last three to five days longer.
  • Banana peels are actually edible if cooked.
  • If you peel a banana from the bottom up (holding on to the stem like a handle), you will avoid the stringy bits that cling to the fruit inside.
  • Bananas ripen best if they are picked when green.
  • To ripen bananas faster, put them in a sealed container—ideally a brown paper bag. Adding another fruit to the container (such as an apple or even a tomato) will further speed the ripening.
  • If you put a banana in the refrigerator, the peel will turn dark brown or black, but it won’t affect the fruit inside.

AMAZING BUT TRUE THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH BANANA PEELS (AND BANANAS):

  • Thanks to its oil, rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite (or other bug bite) or on poison ivy will help keep it from itching and getting inflamed.
  • If you rub the inside of a banana peel on a scrape or burn, it will help the pain go away, keep the swelling down, and keep the wound from getting infected.
  • If you rub the inside of a small piece of banana peel on a wart every night (or tape a piece of peel over the wart), the potassium in the peel can make the wart disappear in one to two weeks.
  • If you tape a banana peel over a splinter, the enzymes help the splinter work its way out of your skin (and also heal the wound).
  • To whiten teeth naturally, rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth for about two minutes every night. If you gargle with salt water, this will heighten the effect. Expect results in about two weeks. It works because of the effect of the potassium, magnesium, and manganese in the banana peel.
  • Bananas make great conditioner that helps restore dry, damaged hair. Mash a banana and add a tablespoon of heavy cream and a tablespoon of honey to the mixture. Then apply it to dry hair, cover your hair with a shower cap, and then wrap your head in a warm towel. Leave it on for up to an hour and then rinse thoroughly with warm water before shampooing.
  • Rubbing a banana peel on your forehead can help cure a headache.
  • Bananas and banana peels make great fertilizer (you can compost them, bury them whole, or cut them in small pieces and mix them with garden soil) because of their phosphorous and potassium content. Roses especially like them.
  • Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on houseplant leaves makes the leaves shiny.
  • You can use the inside of a banana peel to clean and polish leather shoes.
  • Banana peels also make a good silver polish—just rub silver with the inside of a peel and then buff with a cloth.

Banana Ice cream

Freeze a banana, blend, add two tablespoons of zero fat yogurt, vanilla essence and lemon flavouring, blend again then eat or refreeze. Last for a week in the freezer.

Banana pancakes

Mash a banana with two eggs, fry with fry light. Delicious!

This week’s meeting successes

Across all five BEEWEIGHED meetings a total of 123  marbles gone forever.

  • Suzie got to her target weight she’s lost a massive 101.5lb in total. She joined BEEWEIGHED Levenshulme in March and has lost 37.5 since then reaching her target – she looks amazing!!! 🙌👏🙌👏
  • Rose got her two stone award❤️
  • Paula, Gina and Joanne got their stone awards🥰
  • Slimmers of the week went to Fiona, Julie R, Sarah and Gina