Ten fantastic facts about bananas

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Ask Felicity

21 July 2015

Ten fantastic facts about bananas

  • Run out of shoe polish? Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbags for a sparkling shine!

  • Trying to stop smoking? Due their high levels of potassium, magnesium and B-vitamins bananas can help speed-up recovery from the effects of nicotine withdrawal

  • Bananas can help to overcome depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), due to their high levels of tryptophan, which your body turns into serotonin; the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter

  • Warts can be removed by taping the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart overnight

  • If you rub some banana on an insect bite it will relieve any itching and irritation

  • Bananas are great for relieving symptoms of morning sickness, including nausea and heartburn, so if you’re pregnant - keep one by your bed to eat as soon as you wake up!

  • Eating a banana on a hot day will cool down your body temperature

  • The correct name for a bunch of bananas is a hand and a single banana is a finger

  • In the UK we eat over 5 billion bananas a year (on average, that’s 100 bananas per person!)

  • Bananas have been available to buy in the UK since 1888, when the very first consignment arrived through Irish company Fyffes; the world’s largest banana producer today.

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