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Watch out on those yellow beauties! Don’t go bananas

An all-season fruit, bananas are the safest and nutrient-rich fruit which is often indulged as a quick snack or to refuel post-work out. This incredibly healthy fruit is loved from infants to adults for its natural sweetness, easy digestion, dietary source of potassium and magnesium and its convenience to carry and eat from anywhere. Also substituted for sugar in baking and cooking, bananas are a power pack in themselves.

But, is choosing bananas as easy as eating them? Do we go by its external beauty and pick for those shiny, uniformly yellow bananas neatly placed in bunches, stickered or wrapped in plastic wraps? Do we reassure ourselves that the peel is ‘protective’ and hence it is safe? It’s time to watch out!

• Studies prove that artificially ripened bananas are soft with developed peel colour but lack in flavour.

The most abundantly found fruit, which we think is easily perishable, is artificially ripened by the sellers to often meet consumer demands. Ripening is the last stage of any fruit and is a slow process. In fact this slow process allows the starch in the bananas to break down to sugar and gradually, the skin colour changes from green to bright yellow. Since it takes several days to ripen and reach the markets from the farmer’s orchard, the sellers use artificial ripening agents like the most hazardous and a known carcinogen; calcium carbide. When this chemical agent is dissolved in water, it produces ethylene that fastens the ripening. Though the government has banned the usage of such chemicals, it is still extensively used by sellers in fruits like bananas, mangoes, papayas and sometimes in apples and plums. 

How to identify artificially ripened bananas? 

Appearance – Naturally ripened bananas aren’t uniformly beautiful. They are dark yellow and mostly have small brown and black spots on them. The stalks are also black. Artificially ripened bananas are uniformly yellow coloured and have a shiny skin.
Studies prove that artificially ripened bananas are soft with developed peel colour but lack in flavour.
 They may perish faster than it appears when compared to the naturally ripened bananas with spots. 

When chosen wisely, bananas will never let you down with its benefits. We can also buy raw bananas and ripen them naturally at home. We could layer them in hay and place inside a wired basket. Else keep them in the rice containers or even wrap them in a newspaper/ brown paper.

Stop a while to choose, when you choose to stay healthy!

Comments (7)

Ranaut Posted on Oct 25, 2017

Very good article. Very useful.

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Uma Balasubramaniam Posted on Oct 20, 2017

Wonderful information!

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Dhianchand Posted on Oct 20, 2017

It is so unfortunate that we have so much adulteration around us

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Jeyashree Krishnamurthy Posted on Oct 19, 2017

Very useful information. It insured gives us a guideline on how to choice the right banana. A good article.

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Aastha Desai Posted on Oct 19, 2017

Nice blog, alot of information related to banana\'s

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Nanditha Prakash Posted on Oct 18, 2017

Good info shared deepa.


Charu Chhitwal Posted on Oct 18, 2017

wonderful information....aghast to know that even bananas are adulterated !!.....a good article

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Deepa Dwarkanath

VP HR DriveIT Technologies, Hydrebad. An MBA in HR and Marketing. Also an active baker, loves cooking and reading. Was previously associated with Wandertrails as a part-time Content Writer.

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