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The Little Banana Book - A Practical Guide To Buying, Storing, Ripening and Eating Bananas.

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Bananas are great in so many ways! First of all they are delicious and nutritious. Secondly, they are available almost anywhere in the world. Thirdly, they are affordable. Last but not least, they are very consistent when it comes to calories. In other words, the banana is your best friend when trying to succeed on a fruit based diet – especially if you’re outside the tropics.

The great thing about bananas is that you can rely on them to give you exactly what you need – every time! They serve the purpose of a staple food on the raw vegan fruit based diet.

This book is designed as a practical guide – a manual if you will – with the sole purpose of enabling you to get the most out of your bananas, all while staying healthy and satisfied.

Fundamental principles like ripening, storing, selecting, buying and managing your bananas will be covered in depth.

Whether you’re just getting started with the fruit based diet or whether you’re already a full-fledged raw vegan looking for a sustainable calorie source, this book is designed to give you the knowledge and practical tools you need in order to successfully make bananas a regular part of your diet.

Wouldn’t it be nice to…

  •  Know exactly what a ripe banana looks like?
  •  Learn why fruit is the perfect food for humans and why bananas are one of the best fruits for us?
  • Learn how to buy bananas in bulk at your local store?
  • Never run out of ripe bananas due to your excellent banana management skills?
  • Learn how to eat enough bananas to avoid those carbohydrate cravings late at night?
  • Actually thrive on a fruit based diet rather than struggle?

This book covers all these subjects and many more, rendering you a fruit eating banana expert by the time you’re done reading.

What’s so good about bananas?

The reason I decided to write a whole book about bananas, is that over the last five years of eating a fruit based, mostly raw vegan diet, I’ve come to realize that to a large degree bananas are what made it possible! Let me explain! Fruit is our natural food as a species and it’s the only food that truly appeals to all our senses, in its raw natural state. It’s also the only food that is edible and delicious without any processing. There are so many fruits around the world, and they all have their own history and locations where they grow. If we had a tropical fruit orchard of our own, we would surely be able to live off the land and eat a new fruit every single day of the year! However, most of us don’t have an orchard like that, and we’re left with having to rely on commercially available fruits instead.

Of all the different fruits available around the world, even in the tropics, the banana is surely the most prolific. It’s everywhere. It’s cheap. It’s delicious. Most importantly though – it’s consistent. When you go to the supermarket to buy fruit, most of the fruit there will likely disappoint you. Most fruits, unless they are local, will be picked too early for them to develop enough sugar to truly satisfy our caloric needs. Let’s face it – if there’s no sugar in the fruit, the calorie density will be very low and it won’t be enjoyable to eat either! At any given time or place you might be able to find one or two seasonal fruits that turn out good, and that’s great, but you might also end up regularly having to throw out what you brought home when you find out it was no good.

This is where the banana differs. Bananas, like most other fruits destined for the commercial market, are indeed picked earlier than full maturity, and the quality do suffer, but here’s the thing – they still pack a similar amount of calories. The bananas develop their starch quite early in their growing process, and even when picked prematurely that starch will still convert to sugar once the enzymes in the fruit do their job. This is what’s known as ripening after picking. Practically, this means that when you go to buy your bananas, you can trust that they will deliver what you need. You can rest assured that next time you’re hungry, you can go grab some bananas, and they will satisfy your physiological need for fuel – as well as all the other dietary nutrients needed for optimal health.

This is the power of the banana over all other fruits available to the average consumer. They do what food is supposed to. They satiate. You can rely on them.

Depending on where you live, there might be plenty of other fruits to choose from that will also satisfy your nutritional needs of course, including that need for fuel in the form of simple sugars, but having bananas as a base food provides you with that consistency that’s necessary in order for a diet to be sustainable. Bananas work great as a caloric staple. They get the job done!

In this book you will learn:

  • What a banana is and where it comes from
  • The nutritional breakdown of the average banana
  • Why bananas are the most important fruit on a raw vegan diet
  • How to buy the best bananas available
  • How to store bananas at home
  • How to speed up, or slow down ripening
  • How to eat your bananas for the best possible results

Why do I have to learn this?

In plain and simple terms, this book teaches you the how of eating bananas. It may sound like a subject too simple for a whole book, but trust me – it isn’t. Fruit is alive! It’s not like buying a can of beans that’s the same every day of the year. Fruit changes from day to day, even hour to hour! There’s many things to consider when buying your bananas in the store, like whether or not they were actually picked too early or if they are in fact high quality.

Then there’s the whole subject of storing your bananas at home. Knowing what factors affect the ripening speed of your bananas and how to avoid having too many ripe bananas on your hands at once is important for someone trying to rely on fruit as their sole, or at least main, energy source.

Even eating bananas require knowledge and practice. When is the banana ripe for example? Why is it important that the banana is ripe? What does ripe even mean?

We’ll delve into all these topics, and many more, in The Little Banana Book. We’ll attack it from all angles: scientifically, experientially, practically – even philosophically!

This book is for anyone who wants to increase their fruit intake and feel happy about it too!

Topics covered in the book:

• What is a banana?

• The botany of bananas

• The history of bananas

• The many benefits of bananas

• Shopping around

• What does a good banana look like?

• What does a ripe banana look like?

• How to tell if a banana is over ripe

• What to avoid when buying bananas

• Buying in bulk

• Transporting bananas

• Handling bananas

• Ripening bananas

• Organizing your bananas into “ripening zones”

• Dealing with ethylene gas

• Should you freeze bananas?

• How to eat bananas

• Why ripeness is key

• Monomeals

• Smoothies

• Banana Ice cream

• Dried bananas

• Eating bananas on the go

• Banana nutrition

• Potassium overdose from bananas?

• Carbohydrates, proteins and fats

• Calories in bananas

• Sports nutrition

• Banana allergies

• Bananas as part of a balanced diet

• Why bananas are absolutely awesome

So, what are you waiting for?

Let’s go bananas! Whether you are just starting out, looking for a way to increase your fruit intake while still staying energized, satisfied and happy about it, or whether you’re already a veteran in the fruit game, trying to simplify your eating habits and find some stability – this book is for you!

It may be a simple topic, but believe me – this is essential knowledge for anyone trying to eat a fruit based diet. We all love mangoes, cherries, papayas, apples, oranges, melons, peaches and pears – but the key to a successful raw vegan diet based around fruit, is always going to those bananas!

The Little Banana Book is a quick and easy read, teaching you the what, the why and most importantly – the how of bananas and all their wonderful benefits! Banana power awaits!

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