21 Fun Facts About Bananas

21 Fun Facts About Bananas To Prepare You For WCU's Banana Day

It's bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

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On the third Wednesday of April every year, West Chester University hosts its annual Banana Day! What started as a day to promote healthy eating turned into a day full of complete. There are games to play, foods to eat, shirts to win, people running around in gorilla suits, a real live monkey, and, of course, BANANAS! Do you know these facts about bananas?

1. Bananas are actually classified as berries

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To be classified as a berry, a fruit has to have three distinct layers: an exocarp (outer skin), mesocarp (fleshy middle), and endocarp (innermost layer that contains the seeds). I think it is obvious that bananas fit this description!

2. Bananas float in water

Bananas are less dense than water and, therefore, float!

3. Bananas help lower blood pressure

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Bananas contain potassium and fiber, which are associated with lowering blood pressure and promoting overall health!

4. Humans and bananas share more than 60% of the same DNA

Animals (including humans) and plants (like bananas) share many of the same genes for basic cellular function. These include genes for DNA replication, cell cycle regulation, and cell division.

5. The banana tree is actually considered an herb

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The stem of the banana plant does not contain the true "woody" tissue that would classify it as a tree. Being herbs, bananas plants are in the same family as orchids and lilies.

6. The inside of a banana peel has medicinal properties

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Rub the inside of a banana peel on a bug bite or poison ivy for some natural, organic itch and inflammation relief.

7. Bananas have changed since the 1960's

The Gros Michael banana was wiped out in the 1960s due to the "panama disease." Today, we eat a different type known as the Cavendish banana. There are several different types of bananas that are less popular but can still be found today as well!

8. Bananas make people happy!

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Bananas contain vitamin B6 and tryptophan, which aid in the production of serotonin, a mood boosting hormone.

9. Eating bananas before a workout can improve performance

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The potassium in bananas helps maintain nerve and muscle function during a workouts!

10. A cluster of bananas is called a "hand" and a single banana is called a "finger"

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Each "hand" of bananas has about 10 to 20 "fingers"

11. More songs have been written about bananas than any other fruit

Let's be honest, it was Gwen Stefani who taught us how to spell "bananas"

12. More than 100 billion bananas are eaten worldwide each year

This makes then the fourth most popular agricultural product throughout the world

13. More than half of people allergic to latex are also allergic to bananas

Some of the proteins in latex that cause the allergy are also found in fruits such as bananas, kiwis, avocados, plums, strawberries, and tomatoes

14. Uganda has the highest average per capita consumption of bananas

In Uganda, residents eat about 500 pounds of bananas per person each year! In America, we eat about 27 pounds of bananas per person each year. That's a significant difference!

15. Banana plants can grow to be 25 feet tall

Their leaves can grow up to 9 feet long and 2 feet wide!

16. Banana peels can be used to remove warts

If done properly, running the inside of a banana peel along a wart can remove it in about 2 weeks!

17. Monkeys peel bananas upside-down compared to the human method

The way monkeys do it is actually easier and less damaging to the banana peel

18. Green and yellow bananas have different starch and sugar contents

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Green bananas have a higher starch content and lower sugar content than yellow bananas. As bananas ripen and turn yellow, starches turn into sugars. This is why yellow bananas are sweeter than green bananas - they have more sugar!

19. Bananas are the "fruit of the wise men"

That is what thee Latin name for bananas, "musa sapientum," means - "fruit of the wise men."

20. The banana plant can be used to make fabrics and paper

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Japan is the most notable culture to use the fiber in banana plants for these products.

21. There is a banana club that you can join

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In fact, there is a Banana Club Museum in California containing more than 17,000 banana related items donated by club members.

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The Unspoken Dangers of 'Mukbang' Culture

Ever wondered why you can't stop clicking on these addictive, self-made eating shows?

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past five years, you've probably heard of the internet trend commonly referred to as a mukbang, or "eating show." These self-produced video clips typically involve one hungry individual, their filming device, and an obscene amount of delicious foods.

Though these broadcasts originated all the way from South Korea (hence the foreign vocabulary), the growing popularity of eating videos has taken the internet by storm. Nowadays as you scroll through YouTube, you'll find an outrageous amount of uploads with titles like "10,000 CALORIE PASTA MUKBANG," "EATING EVERYTHING ON THE MCDONALD'S MENU," or "THE ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE."

Popular 'mukbangers' such as Peggie Neo, Megan McCullom, and Steven Sushi have made a sizable profit off of their viral eating shows, some collecting tens of thousands of dollars in revenue.

So, what's the big deal you say? You order a large quantity of food, indulge in said food, film yourself completing this menial task, and upload to the internet for money and fame. On the outside, this may seem like a luxurious lifestyle, but behind the camera lens sits an individual battling their own demons and influencing the world of social media to partake in their harmful behaviors.

Mukbanger Livia Adams ("Alwayshungry" on YouTube) has opened up about her unhealthy relationship with food in the past, praising herself for fasting several hours in order to justify her over-indulgence on camera.

Similarly, internet sensation Trisha Paytas claims to diet and starve herself for weeks just to be able to satisfy her subscribers with epic mukbangs, which are essentially binges.

In all actuality, these social media celebrities are negatively impacting (and possibly triggering) vulnerable viewers.

Many fans only see the highlight reel of YouTubers shoveling bowls of cereal or boxes of doughnuts into their mouths, yet remain completely unaware of what truly goes on behind-the-scenes. Messages saying:

"I'm on a diet... watching this is giving me some sort of satisfaction, like as tho I ate, you know?"
"I watch these videos because I know I physically can't afford to eat like this because I gain weight too easily."
"When having an eating disorder, watching Trisha's mukbangs is sorta comforting in a way omg"

flood the comments sections of Paytas' videos. Quite obviously, fans young and old are heavily influenced by this content and continue to support these creators to fulfill a self-destructive need.

Additionally, famous mukbang accounts never seem to include the painful after-effects of their ginormous feasts in videos. Fitness model Stephanie Buttermore flaunts her slim physique just days after consuming over 10,000 calories for a challenge, giving the impression that her previous overindulgence had no repercussions on her health whatsoever. Because Buttermore is a trained, athletic young woman, she was able to quickly bounce back after a series of workouts and low-calorie meals.

On the contrary, if a sedentary woman of about the same age were to attempt this challenge, she would most likely feel sluggish, irritable, bloated, stomach discomfort, and even vomitous post challenge. Eating regularly like this could lead to bigger issues such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer. Unfortunately, because topics like these aren't glamorous and attractive to subscribers, mukbangers often edit them out.

Now don't get me wrong. Though not everyone who uploads a mukbang to the internet has an eating disorder or an evil agenda, they have to realize the kind of audience they're appealing to. This generation is more susceptible than ever to emulate the actions and words of their favorite celebrities. Young boys and girls look up to successful adults, and influencers should be remembered for the change they inspired, not the disease they encouraged.

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18 Easy Meals For When You Have No Money And No Energy

No time, no money, no cooking skills? No problem.

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Food is surely one of the most important things when it comes to taking care of ourselves, but it's also one of the hardest to get right. It can be hard to cook healthy meals when you're busy, strapped for cash, or just don't have the energy. Here are some dishes, from snacks to meals, that you can make cheaply and quickly--all you need is a core ingredient.

If you have: an avocado


...and pasta: Blend the avocado with pasta water, olive oil, and salt and pepper for a pasta sauce.

...and an egg: Fit the egg into the avocado hole and put it in a 425-degree oven for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper as wanted.

...and bread: Make avocado toast! Embellish with lime juice, pepper flakes, salt, or whatever you prefer. It's worth losing your future house over.

...and rice and an egg: Fry the egg, slice the avocado, and put it on top of the rice.

If you have: noodles (AKA ramen)



...and butter: Whisk the butter into your pasta water with salt and pepper for a sauce.

...and Parmesan cheese : Add grated Parmesan and pepper for east cacio e pepe.

...and an egg and a tomato: Dice up the tomato and whisk the egg into the hot noodle broth.

If you have: eggs


...and eggs: Make a cheesy omelette or cheesy scrambled eggs.

...and tomato sauce: Heat the sauce in a pan, add chopped garlic and/or onions if you have them, crack two eggs into the pan, and cover.

...and Parmesan cheese and noodles: Mix a raw egg and grated Parmesan into just-cooked spaghetti.

If you have: cheese


...and chips: Put cheese on those chips and microwave for nachos.

...and a tortilla: Quesadilla time!

...and bread: Make grilled cheese, or cheesy bread, or a regular cheese sandwich.

...and an apple: Cut the apple up and pretend you're French.

If you have: nut butter


...and an apple: Dip slices of apple in the nut butter.

...and noodles: Melt the nut butter and top the noodles with it.

...and milk, a banana, and cinnamon: Blend for a smoothie.

...and crackers, bread, or a banana: Spread the nut butter on top. Or, you know, just take a spoon and eat it from the jar. Protein is protein, no matter how much energy you put into preparing it.

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