Peel bananas from the bottom end


Why you should peel bananas upside down

You have always peeled bananas from the neck. Why this is wrong and other banana myths that are also untrue.

Edita Dizdar, Nina Huber

The best way to open a banana is from the bottom, that is, the opposite end of the neck.

Correct. It’s much more convenient to peel the banana upside down – in other words, not where the neck is. This prevents it from being squeezed and keeps the strings attached to the peel. In addition, you can conveniently hold the banana by the neck. That’s how monkeys do it, by the way. Give it a try!

I need to wash bananas before peeling

Correct. The banana peel has dirt and microbes that you could transfer to the fruit if you touch the peel first and then the flesh. The same applies if you cut through the peel with a knife and then through the inside. So always rinse the banana thoroughly with water first. This does not completely remove all germs, but at least most of the microbes.

A banana helps with sore muscles

Wrong. When your muscles are sore, it means there are small tears in the muscle fibres caused by intense stress on the muscles. To remedy that, you need to get the blood pumping: sauna or steam bath, a hot bath or light exercise. Bananas are a source of potassium and magnesium. These two minerals ensure normal muscle function, but they do not prevent or alleviate the pain of muscle strain.

Banana plantations harm biodiversity

Wrong, at least not necessarily. In addition to organic and Demeter bananas, Migros carries the popular WWF banana. The fruit is grown on 14 farms in Colombia and Ecuador in cooperation with the environmental protection organisation WWF. The goal is to make bananas from conventional cultivation more sustainable and socially agreeable. In other words, less fertiliser and fewer pesticides to protect the climate, soil and water; up to 80% less water consumption; fixed employment contracts, insurance and training for all employees; construction of waste management systems. Among other things, all these measures lead to the re-establishment of native plants and animals – e.g. sloths, panthers, snakes and frogs – in the areas around the plantations.

An overripe banana contains alcohol

Correct. All fruit contains sugar, which is transformed into alcohol as it ripens. The sugar content increases as the fruit continues ripening, so all ripe fruit contains a small amount of alcohol. In the case of a very ripe banana, this corresponds to the content of a non-alcoholic beer at 0.6% by volume and is thus so low that even children can enjoy a banana shake made from the overripe fruit without worrying.

The consumption of bananas causes constipation

Wrong. There is no proof that bananas clog the intestines. Bananas provide 2.6 grams of fibre per 100 grams, an important nutrient that supports normal digestion.

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