EthicalOil.org is asking for your help by avoid buying Chiquita Bananas and Fresh Express Salads because of their ban on ethical Canadian oil.
What can we do to help support Canadian oil?
Sign the petition http://www.ethicaloil.org/
Quit buying Chiquita bananas!
Find alternative banana companies.
Buy organic! Most grocery stores now have organic bananas that are sometimes only ten cents more per pound. (you will be giving up genetically modified, pesticides and chemicals though!)
Look for Dole banana or any other company. (Dole is the only one I can think of as a competitor)
What I really want to know is……are they genetically modified bananas? So I did some research to see if they are and I came across some more information that we need to know.
I think we might be safe for as far as genetically modified foods although they are starting to experiment with it now. I dug up something even bigger, just what Dole doesn’t want you to see. Perhaps we should be avoiding all bananas except organic due to the pesticides that are poisoning there workers and if they are using pesticides, then we are eating pesticides. If you saw or support Food Inc, you will like Bananas, here is the trailer you can watch now:
Remember if you are boycotting Chiquita don’t abandon bananas all together.
We know we need bananas for their potassium but what else is in a banana?
I went to bananas.com and found some fascinating facts about bananas. I knew they were healthy for you but I didn’t know how wonderful these little specially wrapped bundles are. What a powerhouse of nutrition with may medicinal healing properties.
Nutritional benefits of one large 9 inch banana
- 602 mg of potassium
- 140 calories
- 2 grams of protein
- 4 grams of fiber
- 2 mg of sodium
- 123 I.U. Vitamin A
- full range of b vitamins
- .07mg Thiamine
- .15 mg of Riboflavin
- .82 mg Niacin
- .88 mg Vitamin B6
- 29 mcg Folic Acid
- 13.8 mg Vitamin C
- 9.2 mg calcium
- 44.1 mg magnesium
- trace amounts of iron and zinc
Wow, that is some healthy fruit! Magnesium and potassium are two vital nutrients that we have to keep replenishing
Medicinal Healing Properties
Energy Boost – #1 food with world’s athletes, contains 3 natural sugars, sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. Gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Enough for a 90 minute workout
Nerves - high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system
PMS - regulates blood glucose levels which can affect your mood
Anemia - high in iron
Overweight and at work – most obese people were more likely to have high-pressure jobs. Report from Institute of Psychology in Austria report concluded that to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to snack on high
carbohydrate foods (such as bananas) every two hours to control our blood sugar levels
Depression – bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, the feel good hormone
Blood Pressure – extremely high is potassium yet low in salt; the US Food and Drug Administration or FDA has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for it’s ability to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
Hangovers – banana milkshake with honey
Morning sickness – eating bananas between meals can help keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness
Mosquito Bites – rub the bite with the inside of a banana skin
Brain Power – can assist learning by keeping students alert
Constipation – high in fibre, can help restore normal bowel action, forget the laxatives!
Ulcers - only raw fruit that can be eaten food that can be eaten without distress for over-chronic ulcer cases, also neutralises over-acidity and coats the lining of the stomach.
Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD – natural mood enhancers, trypotophan
Quit Smoking – Vitamins C, A, B6, B12, potassium, magnesium
Stress - Potassium is a vital mineral – normalizes heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates body’s water-balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing potassium levels
Strokes - eating bananas on a regular basis cuts risk by 40% according to research from New England Journal of Medicine
Warts - tape a piece of banana skin on the wart
Heartburn -natural antacid effect
I was looking for the nutritional facts of one large banana and found:
112 from carbohydrates
3.8 from fat
5 from protein
0 from alcohol
On the Self nutrition data website I found it interestingly included the inflammation factor:
- a banana scores shows it is mildly inflammatory at -69
- foods with a negative rates are inflammatory and foods with a positive rate are anti-inflammatory.
Here is the petition again: