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Banana Festival Day celebrated on September 21
September 21st is celebrated around the world as Banana Festival Day. "And there’s much to celebrate about this simple tropical fruit we all know and love," says One Banana in a press release. Bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world.
Health benefits of bananas
Bananas have many health benefits – as a snack in a school lunch it can provide vitamins and minerals for growing children and prevent malnutrition. A recent study was conducted in the schools of Guatemala where One Banana has their Nutritious School Snacks Program: One Banana a Day Makes a Difference. The program aims to help improve the nutrition and food security of children as part of an in-school education program. The program consists of the donation of bananas to schools near our plantations, in the departments of Escuintla, Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu and San Marcos, in Guatemala, as a nutritional supplement to their school snack. This added nutrition has made a difference in the children, as 99 percent of the children were in the normal growth range for their age after participating in the program.
Bananas also have other health benefits – they can reduce blood pressure and a study conducted by the Imperial College of London found that children who ate just one banana per day had a 34% less chance of developing asthma. The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 content in bananas all support heart health. Bananas also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that studies suggest plays a role in preserving memory, which may explain why the kids’ school performance improved while eating a banana a day.
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Publication date: 9/19/2017
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