Bananas Are Radioactive.

Most of us know bananas are a great source of potassium. But, did you know a small proportion of that potassium is the unstable radioactive isotope potassium-40? Want superpowers?? Sorry, you won’t get them from the radiation by eating bananas.Using calculations based upon the so-called “Banana Equivalent Dose,” you would need 10 million bananas in a single sitting, in order to give yourself a lethal (or superpower-inducing) dose of radiation.

Selection:

 Bananas should be yellow, not green. Green bananas don’t always ripen correctly at home and can take up to a week to be ripe enough to enjoy. Avoid brown spots, soft spots, and bruises. Ideally, choose organic, they tend to taste better. Conventional bananas are sprayed with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides.

Monkeys will choose organic over conventional; they’ll peel a conventional banana but eat an organic banana peel and all.

 

Storage:

Keep bananas on the countertop. They develop brown spots as they ripen and also become sweeter.  If you went overboard and can’t eat them before they get too ripe, freeze them for  desserts and smoothies. Peel them, split them in half, put them in a zip top plastic bag, and put them in the freezer. But you knew that didn’t you? 

But…Did you know that if you go overboard on salty junk food and feel gross and bloated, potassium-rich foods like bananas, avocados, beans, dark leafy greens, and sweet potatoes can help reduce water retention? Now you do!