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There are five different types of banana fruit from hundreds of varieties. The most common and eaten banana exported worldwide is known as the ‘fruit banana’, of the Cavendish variety to which 300 varieties exist. The other types are red banana, apple banana, the baby banana and the baking bananas (These are only cooked and eaten like a potato and never raw.)

The tropical banana plant came originally from the Indo-Malaysian area and are now cultivated all over the tropical and sub-tropical continents. Bananas are grown in Columbia, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. The plants grow typically 9 to 15 meters high with large leaves of up to one meter wide and up to 4 meters long. 

The fruit grows up to 30cm long and eaten when yellow in color as the fruit ripens from a green color. Only the soft insides are eaten discarding the easily peeled outer skin. Bananas are one of the few fruits that ripen best off the plant. 

Bananas are a good source of fiber, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamin C, A1, B6, B12, and high in starch (more starch than sugar) which is a carbohydrate, and contains all the 8 amino-acids our body cannot produce itself, and proteins like tryptophan and other beneficial trace elements. 

May not be good to eat too much if you’re diabetic type-2 because of the high starch content (high carbohydrate).

Medical Uses
Health Tonic, Energy Boost, Weight Gain, Constipation and Stomach Ulcer Reduction: Eating one fresh banana a day is a great health tonic that contains natural fiber. If lacking energy, eat from 1 to 3 bananas as 2 bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. If you eat a lot of bananas a day 5+ and you do not burn it off from exercising, you will gain weight as it is high in the starch content which will be converted into body fat. This is the fruit of choice for modern athletes for its energy replenishment and high fiber. 

Anemia and high blood pressure and strokes reduction: Eating one banana a day will stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood. It is said that eating some banana fruit in a regular diet can cut the risk of death of strokes by as much as 40%. 

Depression and stress reducing, and relaxing agents:  Eating a banana when stressed or depressed will be beneficial as the proteins found in the banana are converted to serotonins which are known as a relaxant, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier. 

Heart Burn, Anti-Acid, Bowel and Intestinal inflammation, Morning Sickness and PMS: Eating one banana when needed or daily as preventative. The natural sugars and soft fiber will reduce stomach acid levels, with easy digestion and increase bowel movements, and regulate blood sugar levels that are lost from the sickness of vomiting and blood loss. 

Warts: Tie a banana skin onto the affected skin area with the wart with the outer yellow skin side facing out and replace every 4 hours with a fresh skin.

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