Red Banana

Musa acuminata

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Common names

  • Red Banana
  • Red Dacca Banana

Red bananas are a variety of banana having reddish-purple skin and more than 1,000 varieties of red bananas are found in different parts of the world. While some varieties of red bananas are relatively smaller as well as flabbier compared to the Cavendish banana, there are many others that are much larger. When ripened, the color of the flesh of raw red bananas may vary from cream to pale pink. In fact, the flesh of red bananas are softer compared to those of the Cavendish banana, which have a yellow color. Flesh of some red banana flesh come with somewhat raspberry flavour, while the other may taste earthy. Red bananas most grow in South America, Asia, East Africa and the United Arab Emirates, which export these fruits to other countries in large quantities. Red banana is a favourite among the inhabitants of Central America, but are available in stores across the globe.

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Uses

Aside from being delectable, red bananas also provide us with various essential nutrients, especially vitamin C. Consuming one red banana provides our body with about 15% of our daily requirement of vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant and helps to shield us from various diseases. In addition, vitamin C also protects our organs from the detrimental free radicals. In other words, vitamin C helps to reduce the chances of developing heart diseases as well as some forms of cancer.

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Since red bananas are packed with magnesium and potassium, consuming this fruit will help in dealing with nicotine withdrawal. The essential minerals potassium and magnesium are said to aid in overcoming the withdrawal symptoms of giving up nicotine. These minerals help to tackle the urge to smoke. Moreover, red bananas supply us with energy as well as a feeling of fulfillment, which helps a person to deal with his/her psychological issues.

In addition to being a healthy fruit, red bananas are also excellent for the health of our skin - either when consumed orally or applied externally on the face. You can easily prepare a face mask by mixing the mashed flesh of red bananas with powdered oats and only some drops of honey. Make a paste with these substances and apply on your face. When the paste dries off, wash your face with cold running water. Your skin will have a glowing and youthful look.

As discussed above, red banana encloses rich amounts of vitamins and antioxidants, which enhance the blood quality as well as the haemoglobin count. This fruit not only helps to energize you, but it also helps to boost the immune system. Vitamin B6 present in red bananas helps to degrade the ingested proteins and helps to form red blood cells (erythrocytes).

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Red bananas are also an excellent source of dietary fiber or roughage. Plainly speaking, fiber is actually a carbohydrate that is obtained from plants and it cannot be digested easily. Consuming foods rich in fiber content is necessary for normal bowel movements. It is highly recommended that people enduring chronic bowel problems like gas, indigestion or constipation should regularly eat red bananas. For the uninitiated, a single red banana encloses 4 grams of dietary fiber, which is sufficient to fulfill about 16% of our daily requirement for this substance. Consuming red bananas may also help in weight control and, at the same time, put off the chances of developing type-2 diabetes and heart diseases.

Red bananas contain elevated levels of potassium, the mineral which is necessary for the body to carry out its normal functions. In addition, potassium also puts off kidney stone formation, prevents cancer and heart diseases. This mineral also helps the body to retain calcium, thereby improving the health of the bones. Especially, children and the elderly should consume red bananas on a regular basis to strengthen their bones. In fact, children require additional calcium compared to the adults for their growth as well as bone development. Then again, elderly people have a tendency to lose calcium from their body as they become older. Therefore, it is advisable that people who are aged above 50 ought to consume red bananas every day.

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Another advantage of consuming red bananas is that this fruit contains very less calories in comparison to many other fruits. Hence, incorporating red bananas in your diet means that while you will be filling up your stomach, you will not be taking in excessive calories. One red banana encloses just 90 calories and contains dietary fiber. These can be degraded inside the body easily. It is important to note that this fruit does not contain any fat. Therefore, even people who are overweight can consume this fruit without having to be concerned about obesity. The roughage in red banana will not give rise to hunger and make one feel satiated for a prolonged period.

Many sportspersons consume several red bananas during intervals of their performance to get instant energy boost. Hence, it is established that this fruit offers us with great instant energy. Inside the body, red bananas can transform natural sugars into instantaneous energy. If you serve red bananas to your children during breakfast every day, it will help them to remain energized all through the day. This is also true for adults who do not get sufficient time for a rich breakfast can eat one red banana daily in the morning to help them overcome lethargy. In addition, bananas are also excellent for the health of the brain. Therefore, it is advisable that you should incorporate it in your breakfast daily.

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The benefits of consuming red bananas are many and varied. Since this fruit also serves as an antacid, it is effective if you consuming them when you are having frequent heartburns. Consuming just one red banana a day will help to provide relief from this condition. If you eat one red banana continuously for a month or even longer you are certain to get rid of heartburn completely. Following this, you can have the fruit infrequently whenever you suffer heartburn. Consuming this fruit for a long period will help you to become accustomed to its soothing effect.

Usually chronic constipation coupled with irregular bowel movement results in piles. As red bananas can help in normalize bowel movements, they are also capable of curing piles. Eating one red banana after lunch will help to improve your digestion. Even children who suffer from constipation will benefit from eating red bananas regularly. Generally, doctors and healthcare providers do not recommend children taking too many laxatives. Hence, consuming one red banana every day is one of the simplest and safest ways to get rid of constipation. Besides, it is also a natural way to cure the problem. Nevertheless, it is important to ensure that your child eats the fruit its natural form. Consuming it in the form of a banana shake will rob much of the fruit’s benefits.

Red banana contains elevated levels of carbohydrates, natural oils, potassium, and several vitamins. All these essential nutrients help to make the hair softer and also preserve their usual elasticity. They also help to put off hair breakage and split ends. Among other things, consuming red bananas helps to control dandruff, manage the hair, and increase their growth as well as glow.

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Among the various essential minerals, bananas have very high concentration potassium, which helps to keep the heartbeat stable and also regulates the water content in the body. When a person is enduring high tension, the potassium levels in the body deplete very quickly. In such instances, eating bananas helps to restore the potassium levels in the body even without taking medicines. Besides, bananas are a healthy food that offers us various other benefits.

Three different forms of natural sugars are present in red bananas - fructose, sucrose and glucose. When these sugars combine with dietary fiber in the fruit, they boost the body's energy levels instantly. Findings of studies have shown that consuming two red bananas provide us with sufficient amount of energy, giving rise to a positive feeling. At the same time, red banana also contains tryptophan, which is transformed into another variety of protein called serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (chemical messengers used by the nerves to send signals) which plays a vital part in lifting the mood and making one feel happier and relaxed.

Consuming bananas between meals actually helps to keep the blood sugar levels normal, in addition to putting off early morning sickness.

In effect, red banana is the sole raw fruit that can be eaten without facing any stress, especially in over-chronic conditions. This fruit possesses the ability to reduce the acidity level and, at the same time, diminish irritation. Bananas can help in promoting cell growth inside the inner lining of the stomach and produce heavier mucous, which, in turn, aids in protecting the stomach against acid. In addition, bananas also comprise protease inhibitors, which facilitate the removal of bacteria from the stomach. These bacteria are said to be the major cause of ulcer formation.

Culinary uses

Red bananas are aromatic possessing a distinctive flavour - something akin to the taste of their close cousin, yellow bananas with a tinge of raspberry flavour. This is an excellent fruit for adding to fruit salads, the well-liked banana split or the much loved bowl of ice cream. Aside from consuming them raw, red bananas can be baked or you may even purchase a packet of dried banana chips. In addition, they get well with flavourful dishes.

Habitat and cultivation

Red banana plants require a lengthy, sunny growing period, which is anything between nine and 15 months. Ideally, you ought to plant new banana plants about three to four weeks after the last frost is over in your region. Moreover, you should never expose the new banana plants to temperatures under 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Exposing these plants to temperatures below 57 degrees Fahrenheit would actually retard their growth.

It is important to note that red banana plants can only succeed in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Banana plants start bearing fruits nine months after they are planted.

Taking care of red banana plants is quite simple, provided you have learned what is necessary for the growth of these plants. Foremost, the soil on which banana plants are grown must be moist always. Hence, it is important that you grow the plants on soils that are well-drained and never allow the soil to become dry. Simultaneously, you should be careful so that the ground does not become saturated with water, because this may result in the rotting of the plants' roots. During prolonged period of drought, it may be necessary to irrigate. However, banana plants usually possess the ability to resist short-term droughts.

As far as the soil is concerned, it is important to remember that red banana plants have a preference of slightly acidic soils that are also well-drained. Ideally, the pH of the soil should be anything between 5.5 and 6.5. It is also important to fertilize the soil from time to time.

Red banana plants are very vigorous, consume plenty of water and nutrients and, hence, you should always provide them with lots of nutrients. This is important for the plants to bear flowers and fruits. Using a fertilizer that is rich in potassium is perfect. In addition, you may also add manure and compost to the fertilizer too boost the nutrient uptake of banana plants. It is advisable that you use 1 pound of fertilizer when the plant is young and increase it up to 2 pounds when the plant is mature.

Constituents

Compare to their cousin - the yellow banana - red bananas contain additional vitamin C and beta carotene. In fact, all varieties of bananas possess three natural sugars - fructose, sucrose and glucose. These natural sugars contribute to the fruit's ability to provide instant as well as sustainable energy.

In addition, red bananas are also loaded with dietary fiber. In fact, a solitary red banana provides about 16% of the body's daily requirement of dietary fiber. The fiber contained by red bananas help to reduce the chances of diabetes Type 2 and heart diseases. Red bananas are also rich in vitamin B6 content. One red banana has the potential to prove about 20% of the body's daily recommended amount of vitamin D. As a result, consumption of red bananas helps in metabolizing proteins and supporting the red blood cells (erythrocytes).

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