February 01, 2019

Here's Why Some People Never Throw out Those Little Strings in Bananas

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Some people never toss out those weird banana strings because it contain extensive amounts of health benefits.

Banana strings, which frequently peeled off and thrown away with its skin, are scientifically called “phloem bundles.” They are packed full of fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin B6.

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“It is fine to eat and although its structure is a little different than the inside it can be consumed.”

IMPORTANT FUNCTION

Phloem bundles, a tissue found in all plants, is in charge of the transport of nutrients to the fruit to help them grow appropriately. 

Registered nurse Rebecca Lee explained that phloem bundles are "made up of living cells" and that it "allows for food products and sugar to get to all the different parts of the plant.”

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In an interview with Reader's Digest, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner A.P. DOM, Doctor of Chinese and Integrative Medicine, said:

“It’s not gross or disgusting it just helps the banana grow and become delicious. It is fine to eat and although its structure is a little different than the inside it can be consumed.”

The phloem bundles can also tell you when the fruit is ripe enough to eat. They tended to remain more tightly if all of the nutrients haven’t been fairly scattered throughout the fruit yet, which implies the banana is under-ripe.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF BANANAS

Meanwhile, eating two bananas a day can result in monitoring of blood pressure, keeping bowels healthy, losing more weight, and even protecting your eyesight.

Furthermore, the 467 milligrams of potassium present in an average banana helps protect against atherosclerosis. 

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The potassium is not only good for cardiovascular health but also helps to improve the health of bones by decreasing the amount of calcium excreted through urine.

As this fruit ripens, it also develops levels of antioxidants which are vital for protecting our bodies against heart diseases and the risk of cancer. 

Ripe bananas with dark spots are even eight times more effective in increasing the function of white blood cells.

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