BANANAS – what’s the apPEEL?

NB – I applied for what claimed to be a working-from-home blogging job with Chamsima International, a company that raises awareness for hair loss. They asked me to write a sample post about bananas. When my parents and I asked them when I would officially start, could I use a separate blog and, most importantly, about details of payment, they went strangely quiet. Such is life. – 15.11.2015

It’s soft. It’s sweet. It’s a widely accepted superfood. It’s…the humble banana.


Super? Can a banana do anything more super than develop age spots? Most people do that sooner or later. Don’t take the banana for granted. Before you next reach for a glossy yellow portion of your five-a-day, take a bite of this bunch of benefits.

Health benefits

You may have heard the age-old fact that bananas are high in potassium. But did you know that they specifically contain Potassium-40 – a radioactive isotope of potassium?(1) Besides radioactivity, all that potassium means that eating bananas fights the risk of strokes, unhealthy blood pressure, kidney stones and even early death.(2) Already feeling less complacent?


What can you do with an old banana sitting in a fruit bowl going brown? Make banana bread. Mash with yoghurt for a nutritious breakfast.(3) Mix with eggs and make banana pancakes – potassium AND protein. Blend with other fruits for a smoothie or milkshake. Cut, blitz and freeze, and hey presto, you have healthy ice cream.(4) Or just take a photo of it for a blog post…


As well as potassium, which we’ve already established, bananas are rich in vitamins and minerals that are great for skin and hair. Vitamins C and B6 and manganese help revitalise skin,(5) while the above vitamins plus vitamins A and E, iron and zinc can revive dead hair.(6) Unsurprisingly, they are one of the most popular all-natural ingredients for face masks, hair products and lip scrubs. Neat, eh?

Practical jokes

When I was little and my sister was just a toddler, our mum was unexpectedly rushed to hospital, leaving us in the capable hands of our Grandad. Being the caring older relative he is, he wanted to lighten the situation for us. And so it was that, out of all the bananas he offered my sister that morning, she chose the biggest, shiniest, most perfect of the bunch…before realising it was made of plastic.

Which fruit could have such influence on so many areas of life? What kind of food could have so much power in just one serving? In the words of Gwen Stefani: This is bananas – B A N A N A S!(7)

So there you go. Have a great day and enjoy a banana. But not a plastic one (not so great for the digestive system).





(3) Sam Stern’s Cooking Up a Storm – Sam Stern (p.g. 17)

(4) how-to-make-creamy-ice-cream-with-just-one-ingredient-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-93414





14 thoughts on “BANANAS – what’s the apPEEL?

  1. Simon Arnold says:

    Nice. I’d add banana crumble to the recipes list. That’s what happens to spotty ‘nanas in our house.
    They don’t have a greater proportion of the K40 isotope than any other earthly thing containing potassium, do they?

  2. Karen Hasted says:

    Food for thought…. Another ‘recipe’ is BBQ bananas with chocolate buttons – we used to do this at Guide Camp, I thought it was wonderful then, now I’m not so sure.

  3. Laurie Cohen says:

    Wow! Never again will I pass over the banana in favour of more glamorous relatives.

  4. Maggi says:

    It made me laugh to remember the banana face packs I used to make with friends, always messy!

    Favourites in our house are the smoothies or barbequed bananas with lots of honey (when the sun shines) – in fact it looks like time to get the charcoal out right now 🙂

  5. Alison says:

    Banana bread is a wonderful way of using old bananas. Otherwise you need to find a 6 month old- the perfect way to recycle brown bananas – I just do t always have one to.hand

  6. sara says:

    Hi Grace

    Don’t know ANTHING about radioactivity but loved your banana blog – nice mix of the light hearted and informative, eye- catching and convincing. I share your love of alliteration, bananas and references but lack your talent for snappy writing .

  7. Nicky Dries says:

    Banana pancakes, hmmm… So wait, should I EAT bananas for better skin and hair, or rub the bananas all over my skin and hair? Just checking 🙂

  8. Penny says:

    This is very entertaining! I did know some of these facts about bananas but not all and I particulalry enjoyed the story about the plastic banana. Behoves us all not to have eyes larger than our stomachs!

  9. Stephen says:

    Love the Gwen Stefani reference! Now I’m going to have that stuck in my head all day…!

  10. Christine says:

    I have just come home from a long day and eaten a very spotty banana from the fruit bowl which reminded me of your blog. So, now that my blood pressure has reduced and my skin is looking so much better I plan to make banana bread and sit down and watch Woody Allen’s ‘Bananas’ – which is full of jokes!

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