Going Bananas

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Going Bananas

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 A Wonder Fruit called Banana
I grew up having the knowledge of the word banana with different connotations other than the true meaning of the word itself. The wordbanana has also been a subject or part of jokes Ive heard, like You have toeat a lot of bananas to prevent balding. If someone asks why, Have you seenany bald monkeys around? Or, You have to eat bananas to cure acne orpimples. Again if asks why, Monkeys does not have acne or pimples.
In the Philippines, Bananas and a lot of fruit grows in abundance, which made my childhood andgrowing up years very pleasant. I rarely remember our dining table without afruit and banana is often if not always on our table to serve as dessert. Asidefrom being affordable and its sweet taste Bananas are a good natural source ofVitamin B6 and Vitamin C, Potassium, Dietary Fiber and Manganese.
A year ago I rushed my precious mother to a hospital becauseof her Hypertension. Her daily intake of her medications and maintenancemedicine did little to control her blood pressure. This lead me to researcharound the internet for a natural or alternative solution to her problem, andmy research lead me to the Miracle Fruit called Banana.
Bananas are one of the best natural source of Potassium, whichis a very essential mineral in maintaining blood pressure and heart function. A bananaa day may help prevent high blood pressure and protect us from Atherosclerosis and eating high fiber food helps prevent heart disease.The potassium found in bananas may also help promote bone health, which made itthe most viable solution to my mothers case who also suffers fromOsteoarthritis. The potassium may also help counteract the increased urinarycalcium loss caused by my mothers high-salt diet during her younger years.
Moreover, this wonder fruit hasbeen long recognized for its antacid effect that protects against ulcers andulcer damage this is due to the compounds found in banana called proteaseinhibitors help eliminate bacteria which is the primary cause of stomachulcers.
The soluble fiber in the bananacalled hydrocolloid helps normalizemovement through the digestive tract and ease constipation. And recently, Iread that some banana variety are also rich in provitamin A carotenoids, which studies have shown to protect againstchronic disease, including certain type of cancers, cardiovascular disease anddiabetes.
As I pointed out earlier thePhilippines is gifted with an abundance of fruits and thankfully this WonderFruit called Banana. We have five (6) varieties-that I am aware of:
Lakatan or Lacatan-it ischarecterized by its sweet taste and firm texture when ripe. It is moreexpensive than the other bananas, most specially the ones that was cultivatedin Davao or what we fondly called Saging na Davao.

Latundan or the Apple Bananas-oftenreferred to as Apple Bananas or silk bananas, or manzana bananas. It is smallerthan the Lacatan and the flesh is whiter compared to the yellow flesh ofLacatan.
Señorita-itis a very small but stout variety of banana, it has thin skin that clingstightly to the flesh of the fruit. However, this is incredibly sweet and creamythan all the bananas I tasted but because I find it hard to peel the skin Iprefer eating other varieties.

Gloria-this is the newest varietyof bananas I am aware of. It has red skin and its as big as the Lakatan but itis stout. It has white flesh that feels like Lakatan and tastes sweet like Latundan. This variety according to theVendor I bought it from, told me that it was a variety named after our formerPresident Gloria Arroyo and it is believed to prevent heart ailments.

Butuan-taken from the word Butomeaning seeds. It is a large banana with plenty of large seeds the size of mongo beans, thatif eaten you will have to spit the seeds. I have only eaten this variety twicein my life because this is rarely sold in the market, the ones I have tastedcame from friends who got them from their own plantations. It is sweeter thanthe Latundan and I like it even more than the Lakatan despite of its seeds,unfortunately they dont sell this kind at the market.
Saba-this is the cooking banana. Ibuy this kind for Matamis na Saging wherein you make a syrup out of sugar andwater and cook the banana in, after cooling you can top the banana and syrupwith shaved ice and milk and you will have a Saging con Hielo which a a famousFilipino dessert. I sometimes boil beef and add Saba and Sweet Potatoes to itfor a tastier, sweeter taste, this is truly a Filipino Nilagang Baka. Thisvariety is also the ones made into Banana Chips and Banana cake.
My primary aim in writing this blogis to give thanks to this Wonder Fruit that worked miracles in my mother. Nowher blood pressure is manageable and she is getting stronger because of thisWonder Fruit. So move over Apple! Because A Banana a day keeps the hospital at bay!No comments: HomeSubscribe to:Posts (Atom)Blog Archive 2013(1) May(1)A Wonder Fruit called BananaAbout MeUnknownView my complete profile
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