Banana

by: Charli Fischer

Benefits of eating bananas?

Helps:

Lower blood pressure, lowers chance of developing asthma, Lowers the risk of correctional cancer, lowers risk of diabetes, helps with diarrhea, helps preserve memory, boots mood, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Banana Bread

Ingredients


1 1/4 cups sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium) 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped nuts, if desired


Directions


  • 1 Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/2 inches, or 1 loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches.
  • 2 Mix sugar and butter in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into pans.
  • 3 Bake 8-inch loaves about 1 hour, 9-inch loaf about 1 1/4 hours, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

Nutrients that are found in Bananas

Vitamins: Vitamin A, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-2, Niacin, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.

Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, Iron, Selenium, Manganese, Copper, and Zinc.

History Of Bananas

Bananas originate from the Southeast Asian region as well as from India. Bananas first spread into the world when Arab conquerors of the region in 327 B.C. brought it west into Asia Minor and Africa. The banana began to be produced in high volume starting in 1834.

Interesting facts

There are different colored bananas; red, yellow, green, and very small yellow ones.