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Bananas A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression “going bananas” is from the effects of bananas on the brain.. Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
This is interesting..
After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin.. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a “cooling” fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance.. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills.. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe….polish with dry cloth.. Amazing fruit !!!

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#1 posted 12-11-2009 12:20 PM

thanks again , larry .

i don’t find ’ banana ’ in rockler catalog ,
or thru my wood sources .

but i did find this !

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#2 posted 12-11-2009 12:32 PM

I have been earing a banana with breakfast since 1980, their great stuff!

Thanks fit the info,

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#3 posted 12-11-2009 01:36 PM

I would not recommend bananas for constipation. Use a cutting board with lots of mineral oil on it!
(Seriously, all this sounded great… except bananas are used for diarrhea, not constipation!)
Otherwise, Larry, I expect to see a lot of bananas hanging in front of the fridge and inspiration chair!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 12-11-2009 01:42 PM

Wow Larry. No wonder the wife and I eat so many…................LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 12-11-2009 02:26 PM

I like banana too.
What happen if we can use banana tree for making furniture?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 12-11-2009 03:33 PM

I don’t come here for banana stories.

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

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#7 posted 12-11-2009 04:26 PM

Time flies like an arrow.

Fruit flies like a banana.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 12-11-2009 04:35 PM

There are some stories about bananas:
A train conductor threw a guy off the train and he was killed. The conductor had a trial and was sentanced to death in the electric chair. The day came for his execution and he final meal request for a bananas which he quickly consumed. He was led to the electric chair, the switch thrown but it did not kill him after serveral tries.
They had to let him go, so he went back to his old job where a month later he threw another man off the train right into the path of a freight train, he died instantly.
Once again the conductor was charged with murder, had his day in court and was sentanced to death in the electric chair. Again he requested his last meal to be bananas, whereupon his jailers asked him “what is it about these bananas and you not dying in the electric chair?”
The guy replied “the bananas don’t have anything to do with it—I’m just a really bad conductor.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#9 posted 12-11-2009 05:54 PM

Gee Larry, I’m not sure if I should eat bananas or buy stock in a Banana company. My wife eats a lot of bananas. Now I realize it’s to reduce the stress of living me. Pretty depressing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-11-2009 06:23 PM

Why not put your banana in the refrigerator?

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#11 posted 12-12-2009 04:43 AM

bananas in the refrigerator turn brown almost overnight, not sure why. Works great if you’re trying to “age” them for banana bread (all info here credited to my lovely wife)

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#12 posted 12-12-2009 05:11 AM

References. I want references!

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#13 posted 12-12-2009 05:57 AM

Roger..let’s tell rileys dad some more banana stories! :)

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#14 posted 12-12-2009 06:29 AM

Great post what we need is variety here.

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#15 posted 12-12-2009 07:43 AM

good post this reminds me i have to make pancakes in the morning and my daughter loves banana pancakes. thanks for the info. so what about blueberries?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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