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Will Bananas Go Extinct?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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Story at-a-glance -

  • The Cavendish variety of banana is poised to be struck down by an insidious fungus that has infected soil in Australia, Asia, Middle East, Africa and the Americas
  • In an effort to maintain this variety, researchers have begun to edit its genome. Producers are aiming at a genetically altered plant able to pass regulators, which happened earlier in the U.S.
  • It is not surprising that without diversity any type of crop may be vulnerable; however what appears to be progress with genetic engineering may actually be a step backward in terms of health
  • The Cavendish is only one of nearly 1,000 varieties of bananas. In a move that may seem counterintuitive, you may wish to consider eating unripened green bananas as they are a great source of prebiotic fiber

The humble banana, one of the most popular fruits in the world, is big business. The banana is tasty, inexpensive and comes in its own protective case. The fruit is picked while still green as it's fully capable of continuing to ripen off the tree. Bananas do best when stored at room temperature since they change color and become mushy when the temperature drops.

Although high in vitamin B6, fiber, potassium, manganese and vitamin C, the banana is also high in carbohydrates. If you include this fruit in your diet, take care to limit your intake, especially if you are insulin resistant, deal with metabolic syndrome or have Type 2 diabetes.


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