Please stop the Banana webaloney!
I used to think all the ridiculous banana posters were coming from Chiquita Inc, Dole or United Fruit, but today, it’s coming from FoodMatters. And it seems to be getting worse.
Of the 25 Powerful reasons to Eat Bananas, half are somewhat accurate and the rest are utter nonsense. I like bananas. They make a great snack.
But I have an intense dislike for webaloney.
So for the record:
1. Bananas do NOT contain high levels of tryptophan that is converted to serotonin that treats depression and cures seasonal affective disorder.
2. Bananas are NOT great at strengthening bones.
3. They do NOT protect against Type II diabetes.
4. They don’t strengthen the nervous system (whatever that means)
5. They do NOT increase production of White Blood Cells (unless they are contaminated with high levels of bacteria).
6. They are NOT high in iron and will NOT cure anemia
7. What’s wrong with this sentence: “Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion.” ARGHH: They’re thinking of pepsin (a digestive enzyme). Bananas do not contain pepsin.
8. Bananas do not “coat the stomach” and treat ulcers
9. They do NOT prevent kidney cancer.
10. Bananas do NOT protect the eyes against macular degeneration