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Bananas: natural medicine for digestive problems, depression and more

1/3/2015 - The banana plant is an herbaceous, flowering plant indigenous to the tropical regions of India, northern Australia and Southeast Asia. Its fruits, which are recognized by their crescent shape, yellow skins and sweet tastes, are one of the oldest crops cultivated by mankind and remain the most popular...

Bill Gates' human experimentation with GM bananas in Africa condemned by scientists

12/12/2014 5:41:21 PM - At least 124 food and outreach organizations, as well as 26 individual scientists, have signed onto a letter sent to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation protesting ongoing human trials of genetically modified (GM), beta-carotene-enriched bananas intended for Africa. The GM bananas, which never underwent...

Fungicides used on banana plantations threaten the health of pregnant women

9/28/2014 - A widely used fungicide linked to birth defects may accumulate in the bodies of pregnant women living near agricultural fields, according to a study conducted by researchers from the National University of Costa Rica and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives on September 8. The...

Untested GMO bananas to move directly to human experimentation

8/7/2014 2:37:31 PM - Human trials with a new genetically modified (GM) banana with artificial levels of the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene are set to begin this fall without prior animal testing. Researchers plan to feed the "frankenfruit" to college students attending Iowa State University (ISU), though details outlining...

GMO advocates ignore failure of golden rice, quietly move on to GM bananas

6/20/2014 5:39:31 PM - Scientists in Australia think they know better than God what levels of vitamins and minerals should exist in food, and they are on a mission to engineer new varieties that achieve these unnatural levels. Despite the recent failure of genetically modified (GM) "Golden Rice" with artificially elevated...

GMO bananas are coming to a supermarket near you, thanks to Bill Gates

6/17/2014 11:54:39 AM - What does the development of genetically modified bananas have to do with the world's richest man, founder of Microsoft Corp. Bill Gates? Everything. As noted by CNet News, James Dale, the director for the Center for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at Queensland University of Technology in Australia,...

Research shows bananas effective way to naturally improve eye health

5/3/2014 - Most people think of carrots when it comes to foods that help improve vision, but studies show that bananas are also very effective when it comes to eye health. Research shows that fruits like bananas help vision An 18-year study of more than 100,000 men and women found that increased fruit intake...

How bananas are better than pills for treating depression, constipation and more

5/2/2014 12:36:17 PM - They're often the fruit of choice for athletes looking to boost their electrolyte levels and get a quick energy boost, but bananas are a whole lot more than just a sweet treat or a pleasant addition to a morning smoothie. Rich in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial compounds, bananas can also serve...

Banana diet gives woman better mental clarity, improves her overall health

1/10/2014 - When Yulia Tarbath decided that she needed to give her health a boost, she went to banana island. However, this island wasn't the kind that most people imagine, brimming with beachside hammocks and drinks with cute umbrellas. Rather, "banana island" is a term commonly used to describe the consumption...

Banana power: Ten perks of nature's panacea

8/24/2013 - There's no denying that banana trees are among the most useful plants in the world. Well, it's also undeniable that their fruits are much more valuable than their other parts. Those who are wondering what makes bananas (the fruit) a very precious produce should keep this in mind - such natural snacks...

Banana Boat sunscreen may ignite on your skin: Flammable chemicals pose health risk

10/27/2012 - From the mid-1950s throughout the reminder of the 20th century, UFO stories were the bizarre news scoops that were common in magazines and newspapers. The UFO sightings overshadowed even more bizarre incidents of spontaneous human combustion (SHC) that arose during that same period and usually appeared...

Bananas aren't just for monkeys - Discover 25 powerful reasons to eat (organic) bananas

8/11/2012 - You'll never look at a banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet. Bananas are high in fiber and three natural sugars -- glucose, sucrose and fructose -- giving them almost magical powers to provide a huge energy boost. Bananas combat depression,...

Industrial monoculture leading to the extinction of bananas

11/25/2011 - When too much of the same crop is grown in the same fields year after year, soils become depleted of vital nutrients and healthy bacteria, which allows for diseases to easily thrive and spread. And the global supply of bananas -- at least the kind sold in most major grocery stores -- could become a...

Banana nutrition facts - nine things you probably never knew about this nutritious tropical food

11/15/2011 - Whether as a quick snack, cut up and tossed in the blender for a fruit smoothie, or used to make quick bread or pancakes, most people enjoy bananas. Bananas are such a staple on produce shelves that most of us don't stop to think about their tropical origins or their many nutritional benefits. Next...

The true history of Dole, banana plantations, chemical pesticides and human suffering

6/23/2011 - One Hundred Years of Solitude, a novel by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez, is a historical account of the fictional town Macondo. A town loosely set around his Mr. Marquez's hometown in Aracataca, Columbia. A tale that is a social commentary of sorts on the effect of the American banana industry and the environmental,...

Discover the health benefits of bananas

2/12/2011 - So often, the humble banana is often overlooked when it comes to providing nutritional and medicinal value. Bananas in fact have a lot to offer us, both nutritionally, as well as in relieving the symptoms of a myriad of physical complaints. Bananas are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre. They also...

Benefit from the Natural Health of Bananas

2/19/2010 - The banana that we eat with our morning cereal has been used as a medicine around the world for centuries. Known in Latin as Musa sapienta, the banana is not actually a fruit but an herbaceous perennial. Alone and combined with healing botanicals, the banana can be used to heal ulcers and asthma, or...

Bananas Are Dying, Killed by Corporate Monoculture

6/2/2008 - Prepare to say goodbye to bananas. Do you remember back in the sixties when there was a change in bananas? It wasn't announced, but those of us who love the fruit did. They became less sweet and creamy -- just not as good. There was no information about it. The change seemed to slip under the radar...

The Chia 'Cheat Sheet' and Ten Raw Chia Recipes

1/8/2008 - Chia seed is an ancient superfood that is currently experiencing a glorious renaissance. It is a member of the sage family (Salvia Hispanica). The little black and white seeds were once a staple of the Incan, Mayan and Aztec cultures, along with the Native Americans of the southwest. "Chia" is actually...

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