This week, myself and Ryan have arrived in Papua New Guinea, on the hunt for a super powered banana!Thankfully Ryan found his passport so it’s business as usual, meaning Ryan ask’s the questions and I answer them.
So let’s get started.
WHAT IS IT?
It’s a piece of fruit of taken from the banana plant, an herbaceous plant that is believed to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea, around 8000 BCE.The fruit comes in yellow, red, purple and before it’s ripened, green, is grown in at least 107 countries, but is native to tropical Southeast Asia.
OH. WHO DOES IT BELONG TO?
The banana is one of the most widely munched on fruits across the world, but for D.C Thomson character little Eric Wimp of 29 Acacia Road, it’s been a constant source of nourishment ever since he was first created by Steve Bright and John Greering for Nutty #1 in 1980.
WHAT DID IT DO FOR ERIC?
Every time school boy Eric ate a yellow banana it transformed him from a pint sized kid into the comical muscular superhero Bananaman, who was endowed with flight, invulnerability, intense stupidity and the strength of twenty men (twenty big men).The transformation allowed otherwise ordinary kid Eric to live out the fantasy most youngsters dreamt of, by becoming a powerful superhero.This allowed him to tackle villains such as General Blight and Dr Gloom, who were always up to no good.
WHAT WOULD IT DO FOR ME?
Bananas contain vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as calcium and iron and they’re a great source of energy thanks to a banana’s glucose, fructose and sucrose content.They’re also 75% water and everyone knows that water is part of a human’s daily source of sustenance.Bananas can be deep fried, battered, made into jam and chips and of course for ease of use, peeled and rammed into the gob!The sap from banana plants can be used as an adhesive, the fibre can be made into paper and the inside of the peel of the banana fruit is said to reduce itching and swelling of mosquito bites, when rubbed over the infected area.
SO IF I ATE A BANANA WOULD IT TRANSFORM ME INTO BANANAMAN?
No, sorry, a transformation into Bananaman isn’t happening.Bananas are slightly radioactive, due to the high potassium and small amount of isotope, potassium-40, that’s inside them, but unlike what a B-movie would probably have you believe about radioactivity in food, the fruits aren’t going to turn you into a 60ft monster.There are suggestions that eating too many bananas can be bad for you, but as long as it’s part of a balanced diet you’re unlikely to be in any danger.Eating bananas instead has a lot of health benefits that would certainly help you on your way to becoming a superhero, even if it’s not exactly the way you’d hoped.Firstly eating bananas can improve a person’s mood, due to the amino acid tryptophan that can be converted into serotonin.Not only is a good mood the first step on the road to becoming someone who puts the safety of others before their own, but regularly eating bananas is believed to prevent high blood pressure, which is handy for any would be superhero.As well as this, bananas help absorb calcium, decrease morning sickness (useful for pregnant super heroines), reduce ulcers, improve nerve functions, relieve stress, reduce the risk of a stroke and due to the iron content they help with the body’s haemoglobin function.If you happen to be a wannabe superhero with dodgy bowels then bananas can also sort you out if you have either constipation or the runs and scoffing one can help replace that next cigarette you crave as the B6, potassium and magnesium content can help with nicotine withdrawal.Regularly eating bananas is also believed to reduce the risk of colon/large bowel cancer, breast cancer and cancer of the kidneys.It should also be noted that athletes (surely the closest thing there is to superhuman endurance?) eat bananas as a way to replenish their electrolytes, so although eating a banana won’t make you Bananaman, it sure could help you feel a lot healthier.
And now you know.
SUPER SCIENCE EQUATION: A banana + Ryan = health benefits.