When you picture a banana, what comes to mind?
Delicious? Yep but also, a soft yellow fruit inside a (for the most part) inedible yellow peel.
Now, thanks to the marvels of Science, a banana exists with a deliciously thin and entirely edible peel. Apparently the fruit has a lettuce like texture and much more mellow than traditional banana peels.
The banana has been created by a Japanese farmer, who called his creation Mongee (pronounced: mon-gay") banana — which when translated means 'incredible banana' in Japanese.
It's already on the market and we can't wait to try one... but we may be waiting a while.
Turns out these boutique bananas don't have a launch date down under, and are still very expensive.
Still, we're ready when they are!
Bananas and breakfast have been a match made in heaven for generations but one "life coach" is now saying we should cut colourful fruit out of our morning routine.
UK based heath coach Dr Daryl Gioffre says while bananas do have high levels of potassium, fibre and magnesuimreports, which might cause one to think they would be the best breaky on the go, they're made up of 25 per cent natural sugar, which means you'll crash soon after eating.
"They'll give you a quick boost," Gioffre told Metro UK, "but you'll soon be tired and feeling hungry."
Gioffre says that unless a banana is paired with another "healthy fat" food, they'll only temporarily fill you up and leave you feeling lethargic later on.
"Without balancing this banana breakfast with a healthy fat, many of banana's benefits are lost, while spikes in blood sugar and acid are gained," says Gioffre.
However, while Dr Gioffre's claims have been widely reported, it should be noted that he is not an accredited nutritionist, but "a chiropractor, alkaline lifestyle expert, health coach, certified raw food chef", according to his website bio, but there is still evidence to support his concerns over bananas high sugar content.
Bananas prove one of the richest sources of natural sugars, with approximately 34 grams per cup, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
But they are also one of nature's finest superfoods - they are a good source of vitamin B6 vitamin C, potassium, dietary fibre, potassium and manganese, which is a powerful antioxidant that seeks out the free radicals in the human body and neutralises these damaging particles.
So at the end of the day, or the start of the morning, a balanced breaky is always a good idea, and bananas can be integrated into that balance.
Dr Gioffre does suggest teaming the yellow fruit with peanut butter, porridge, toast or low-sugar yoghurt so you can feel fuller longer, which might be a nice suggestion - but he's not a doctor so feel free to disregard his advice and keep up your heavy banana habit until your GP advises otherwise.
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