That lying fruit!!!!

My  thanks  to readers who’ve shared banana lies.

Who knew the sneakiness of this tropical, yet radioactive, temptation?

 Blog reader, Les,  took time from the Netflix Wars to send a photo.

He scanned the picture I posted with his machine called Photoshop and shared it with us.

Then we asked Mr. Tallyman, who has handled many famous clients like Chiquita (and who speaks fluent banana) to unpeel a few of the more notorious banana lies:

Bananas cure hangovers

If this were true, I’d be knocking back banana daiquiris right now without any regrets.

If you eat too many bananas the radioactivity will change you, just as it altered Godzilla and  the Hulk

Partially true. Bananas live secret lives as stool softeners.  So if you gorge on them, you’ll change. You’ll lose some weight, not expand into super monster proportions.

Bananas grow on trees.

No, even though they grow to a 15-25 foot height, those sneaky bananas refuse to put on a woody trunk, in order to maintain their sinless “plant” status.

Note: the grouping that grows on trees is called a “hand.”  And a single banana is called a “finger”.


Bananas are guileless fruits

A parent worries that a bad influence can affect their child. Right?

Well, in Banana World, these same concerns exist. The yellow-fingered treats can manipulate the younger generation.

Put a mature, experienced ‘naner in a paper bag with some innocent, green bananas,  and in just a day, those childlike greenies will transform to yellow gang-member status.

So that brought us to the hard question…

 How many bananas does it take to kill you?

Unfortunately…daylight came, and Mr. Tallyman wanted to go home.

From our research it seems that too much potassium can cause heart damage and cardiac arrest.  Even the world record effort for banana eating has been scaled back. (no lie)

The reason for the change was to prevent health problems or death from over-eating bananas.

The banana was such a slippery  murder suspect no one was able to name the exact number of “fingers” that would be fatal.  Depends on how much potassium you already have in your system.

Isn’t that just like a banana to keep you guessing?


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I escaped from a hardscrabble farm in Oklahoma. I'm not sure why people think I have an accent. I miss the sunshine, but not the fried foods.
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5 Responses to That lying fruit!!!!

  1. Alice Lynn says:

    I’m going right to the store and buy a banana! Maybe two! Rose’s highly informative reply and Roxie’s irreverent look at the chances of potassium poisoning have pushed me over the line.


  2. rose says:

    Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and they are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Lack of B6 in a diet can cause weakness, irritability and insomnia. The potassium found in bananas helps to regulate blood pressure and may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Potassium is also essential for helping muscles to contract properly during exercise and reduces cramping up. A medium-sized banana provides 400 mg of potassium -11% of daily value- and contains 110 calories and 4 grams of fiber. Bananas also contain plenty of carbohydrates which are the body’s main source of energy. They are also easy to digest. All of these factors combined make the banana a “super food” that is an integral part of a healthy daily regimen. Bananas are relatively high in iron, which helps the body’s hemoglobin function
    Research also shows that serotonin and nor-epinephrine in bananas may naturally help sufferers overcome depression. They are the good mood food.
    Due to their content in fiber, they help restore a normal bowel function. In addition, diarrhea usually depletes your body of important electrolytes (of which the most important is potassium, contained in high amounts in bananas). They also contain pectin, a soluble fiber (hydrocolloid) that can help normalize movement through the digestive tract.
    Research published in the Archives of Ophthalmology has proven that adults consuming at least 3 servings of fruit per day have a reduced risk (by 36%) of developing age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.
    Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood-sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness. This is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicle cases. It also helps reduce acidity and reduces irritation. Bananas stimulate the cells on the internal stomach lining to produce a thicker mucus (which protects against acid). Additionally, bananas contain protease inhibitors that help eliminate bacteria in the stomach that have been pinpointed as a primary cause of ulcers.


    • Barb says:

      Heavens, Rose….what are you some kind of banana evangelist??? Sounds like you’re spreading the gospel of banana everywhere. Get thee behind me, banana lover.


  3. Roxie says:

    It sounds as if you stand more of a chance of crapping your brains out before you die of potassium overdose. Did you know tthat it’s easier to peel a banana from the bottom?


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