Everyday is a day to celebrate something. One of the most popular fruits in the world is being honored today since Aug. 27 is Banana Lovers Day. You might be surprised to know that the average person eats about 33 pounds of bananas a year. That's about 100 bananas per person. Since you eat them one by one, it doesn't seem like you are eating that many per year.
It is good to eat bananas because they are high in fiber and potassium. These two properties can help prevent calcium loss, ulcers, high blood pressure, and certain kinds of cancer. Bananas are also an excellent source of vitamin B6 and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, and manganese. Along with other fruits and vegetables, consumption of bananas may be associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer and breast cancer and renal cell carcinoma.
Globally, bananas rank fourth after rice, wheat, and maize in human consumption. Bananas are grown in 130 countries worldwide, more than any other fruit crop. Although bananas are often pictured as growing on trees, the banana “tree” is actually an herb. The banana is the fruit of this herb.
To celebrate Banana Lovers Day, grab a bunch of bananas to share. Fry them, grill them, add them to a s'more, eat them with peanut butter, in a banana pudding, in a banana cake or in bread. You can also eat a banana split. Or you can just enjoy them plain.
Let your friends and co-workers know it's Banana Lovers Day. In fact, take a few extra bananas to work and share them with your co-workers. They will appreciate you more than they already do.