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Organic Bananas (by the bunch)

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BANANAS ARE AN EXCELLENT SOURCE OF POTASSIUM, A VITAL MINERAL AND ELECTROLYTE IN THE BODY THAT CARRIES A SMALL ELECTRICAL CHARGE. THESE CHARGES CAUSE NERVE CELLS TO SEND OUT SIGNALS FOR THE HEART TO BEAT REGULARLY AND MUSCLES TO CONTRACT. POTASSIUM IS ALSO NEEDED TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BALANCE OF WATER IN CELLS, AND OFFSETS THE EFFECTS OF EXCESS DIETARY SODIUM. AN IMBALANCE IN THE DIET OF TOO LITTLE POTASSIUM AND TOO MUCH SODIUM CAN LEAD TO HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. EXCESSIVE SODIUM CAN LEAD TO A BUILDUP OF FLUID IN THE BLOOD, PLACING PRESSURE ON THE WALLS OF BLOOD VESSELS AND EVENTUALLY CAUSING DAMAGE. POTASSIUM HELPS THE BODY TO FLUSH OUT EXTRA SODIUM IN THE URINE, AND EASES TENSION IN BLOOD VESSEL WALLS. BANANAS, RICH IN POTASSIUM AND FIBER AND LOW IN SODIUM, ARE AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF HEART-HEALTHY DIETS LIKE DASH (DIETARY APPROACHES TO STOP HYPERTENSION) THAT AIMS FOR ABOUT 4,700 MG DIETARY POTASSIUM DAILY.


DIGESTIVE HEALTH. BANANAS ARE INCLUDED IN THE BRAT DIET (AN ACRONYM FOR BANANAS, RICE, APPLESAUCE, TOAST), A ONCE COMMONLY PRESCRIBED REGIMEN FOR PATIENTS WITH DIARRHEA OR WHO REQUIRED A BLAND, EASY-TO-DIGEST DIET AFTER STOMACH AILMENTS. NOT JUST EASY TO EAT, BANANAS CAN HELP REPLETE ELECTROLYTES LIKE POTASSIUM THAT ARE LOST WITH DIARRHEA OR VOMITING, AND CONTAIN RESISTANT STARCH (ESPECIALLY IF USING COOKED LESS-RIPE GREEN BANANAS) THAT MAY SUPPORT GUT HEALING.


STORE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE AWAY FROM DIRECT SUNLIGHT.
DO NOT REFRIGERATE GREEN BANANAS AS THIS CAN DISRUPT NORMAL RIPENING.
TO SPEED UP RIPENING, STORE IN A BROWN PAPER BAG OR PLACE NEAR RIPE FRUIT, WHICH EMITS ETHYLENE GAS THAT CAUSES RIPENING. ON THE FLIPSIDE, IF YOU WISH TO SLOW RIPENING, STORE BANANAS AWAY FROM OTHER RIPE BANANAS OR FRUITS. DO NOT STORE IN PLASTIC BAGS AS THIS TRAPS EXCESS MOISTURE AND MAY PROMOTE ROTTING.
BANANA “TREES” OR HANGERS HELP EXPOSE A CLUSTER OF BANANAS TO AN EVEN AMOUNT OF OXYGEN, AND PROMOTE GRADUAL RIPENING BY PREVENTING EXCESS PRESSURE AND MOISTURE FROM COLLECTING ON THE BANANAS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CLUSTER.
FULLY RIPE GOLDEN YELLOW BANANAS MAY BE STORED IN THE REFRIGERATOR IN A SEALED PRODUCE DRAWER. REFRIGERATION WILL PRESERVE THE FLAVOR FOR ANOTHER WEEK, EVEN IF THE PEELS CONTINUE TO DARKEN.
IF THE BANANA PEEL HAS RIPENED TO A MOSTLY BROWN COLOR, REMOVE THE PEEL AND CHOP OR MASH THE PULP TO INCLUDE IN BAKED GOODS OR FREEZE TO BE ADDED INTO SMOOTHIES.

 

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