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Bananas Healthy Food Guide

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Recipe shown above: Banana Cream Layer Cake

 

“On a traffic light green means go and yellow means yield, but on a banana it's just the opposite. Green means hold on, yellow means go ahead, and red means where the hell did you get that banana at...”

—Mitch Hedberg, American comedian, 1968-2005

Bananas are a global favorite and one of the world’s largest fruit crop, right up there with grapes, citrus and apples. There are hundreds of banana species, but the large, yellow eating banana you find in your supermarket is likely to be the Cavendish. Other varieties include the short, chunky red banana, the baby banana (also known as a dwarf or ladyfinger banana) and the Manzano, which has berry and apple flavors. No matter what variety you choose, a banana is a healthy choice for lunchboxes and between-meal snacks.

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