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Boost Calcium Absorption With Bananas

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A reader challenged me the other day to come up with one everyday food that will improve her calcium absorption and bone health. My answer surprised her since the food I suggested is so common that it is often overlooked. I decided to share the wealth and write an article about this bone-smart food so that you don’t miss out.

And believe it or not, that food is… the banana!

You see, bananas help your body to absorb calcium and other vital nutrients that promote healthy bones. Here’s how:

This amazing tropical fruit is extremely rich in a compound called fructooligosaccharides, which nourishes the bacteria (some bacteria in your body is very beneficial) in your colon, allowing for an increase in the production of digestive enzymes and vitamins that help you absorb important bone-strengthening nutrients, such as calcium and magnesium.

What’s more, green bananas, also known as plantains, contain one other key component, in addition to fructooligosaccharides. They contain short chain fatty acids (SCFA’s) which makes them TWICE as effective at strengthening your bones. This happens because your body lacks the enzymes to break down SCFAs, so they pass through your small intestine and are consumed by the bacteria that line the walls of your large intestine. The more SCFAs you feed to these cells the healthier they are, resulting in a more efficient absorption of bone-friendly nutrients.

The bottom line: bananas, especially the green ones, are excellent for your bones.

And it doesn’t hurt that they are delicious, too.

Two Delicious Green Banana Recipes

Try these two recipes that I and my family love. I found it to be an easy and delicious way to enjoy the benefits of green bananas.

Caribbean Adventure Salad

Easy to prepare and deliciously bone-healthy.

8 servings

Ingredients:

4 green bananas (plantains)
1 large tomato, cut in chunks
1 cucumber, sliced
6 celery sticks, thinly sliced
2 carrots, grated
1 avocado, sliced
1 head of lettuce, thoroughly washed and dried
Sea salt

Directions:

1.Peel the green bananas and place in pot with enough cold water and add a pinch of salt.
2. Bring water to boil, then reduce heat and simmer with cover on for 10 to 15 minutes or till tender.
3. Rinse and allow to cool, then slice the bananas.
4. Line a large bowl with lettuce leaves, and cut up the rest of the lettuce.
5. Mix all ingredients and serve with your favorite dressing. Garnish with slivered almonds or chopped walnuts, if desired.

Santo Domingo soup

Make a double batch so you can enjoy this soup anytime.

8 servings

Ingredients:

8 cups vegetable broth
2 green bananas (plantains), grated
1 garlic, pressed or very finely chopped
Sea salt and paprika to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in pot and boil until thick.

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  1. Delia Lutchmeesingh January 16, 2014, 10:13 pm

    Thanks for all the uptodate information on helping with taking care of our bones. All is greatly appreciated.
    I bought the Bone Apetite book and love it but I did not receive the last bonus.
    Thanks again. Delia

  2. Linda March 19, 2013, 12:29 pm

    I live in a banana capital – Ecuador. Recently heard from a good friend that if you boil the green bananas with skins on, blend it all up and drink it – you get a super good source of calcium. Any thoughts?

  3. Nancy February 15, 2013, 9:33 pm

    Are green bananas available organically? I don’t remember seeing them, but perhaps it’s only because my store doesn’t carry them that way. I am concerned about the gassing that is done on non-organic bananas.

  4. Jose L Suescun November 30, 2012, 5:38 am

    Vivian: I am trying to place a commentary as recent and on the top of the list. Heather on June 11, 2012 said that her husband has Parkinson;s disease, but does not know that a successful treatment has already been published. I answer her commentary at that time, but I am not sure she will go back to it and read mine. It would be wonderful, if you can let her know and we can return her husband to a better life. Same thing with Alzheimer’s, MS and many other chronic conditions.
    Also, cancer is being cured since the 30′s and even before

    • Laurie May 16, 2013, 11:12 pm

      I sure would like to know about this cure for Parkinson’s. I have Parkinson’s. I am not taking the medication As I want to find a natural cure. Any help would be most appreciated. Thank you Laurie

    • Diya January 12, 2013, 4:28 pm

      Dear Jose,
      I happen to read your comment on the cure for chronic diseases. I’ve been diagnosed with MS, at 30. Its 5 years since. I would request for your treatment and help. Look forward to your response. Thank you in advance. Dia

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA January 7, 2013, 5:52 pm

      Thank you for your contribution, Jose!

  5. jasmin October 25, 2012, 6:53 am

    Is banana allowed when you have gout/arthritus

  6. Julier October 20, 2012, 12:32 pm

    I’ve just read your article on bananas which I agree with thoroughly. There is just one thing I’d like to clarify. I’m from the Caribbean born and bred, and when we refer to a green banana it’s actually a green unripened banana which has been picked before its reached its full size. A plantain is bigger than the banana usually, and is yellow inside when ripe. They are considered first cousins to the banana.

    Thank you,
    Julier

  7. Denise Gray October 13, 2012, 10:10 am

    Green bananas and plantains are NOT the same thing. Green bananas are smaller than plantains and come from different plants(trees).

  8. Shirley Gekler September 12, 2012, 12:11 am

    Thank you for this article. Just another excuse to keep the bananas on the menu. They have to be my favourite fruit.

  9. Jae August 9, 2012, 12:54 pm

    While bananas are of the plantain family, the plantains you should use in these recipes are not simply “green bananas”. When you say banana most people envision the sweet yellow fruits we typically eat raw, ripe, by themselves or in other sweetened deserts, these are specifically known as “dessert bananas”. The plantains used in these recipes should be labeled specifically “Plantian”, which are different than a dessert banana. Using a “green banana” will alter your recipe results drastically as the texture and taste are not the same.

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  11. calra July 27, 2012, 4:31 am

    i like the banana article but please please please banana and plantain are two different things, you can eat ripe banana but ripe plantain has to be cooked otherwise it will make you very sick/ill. REMEMBER, banana IS NOT plantain. thank you

  12. myrtlebarker@shaw.ca July 15, 2012, 7:22 pm

    HI VIVIAN:

    I DO HAVE A BANANA EVERY MORNING. I HAVE TRIED YOUR RECIPE AND WE DO

    LIKE IT. THANKS AGAIN,

    ALL THE BEST,

    Myrtle

  13. Rita June 28, 2012, 4:17 pm

    am taking “bone strength take care” but the reccommended dosage is to take it in the middle of a large meal with 8 onz of water. i normally try not to drink too much water or liquid with a meal as this dilutes the stomach acid making regular digestion that much harder. as a result i am having heart burn.

    • Jose L Suescun November 30, 2012, 5:09 am

      Rita: I want you to remind you that water is neutral and the dilution of the gastric juices does not alter the digestion. So, if your gastric mucosa secrets, for instance, 10 cubic centimeters to digest the meal, the same 10 will be there doing their job, even if you drink water. However, if you drink cold water, it will decrease the gastric secretion

  14. Robert Blanding, Sr. June 19, 2012, 7:51 am

    Question:In the soup mix, you only say 1 garlic. Do you mean whole or clove?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA January 7, 2013, 5:50 pm

      The garlic is one clove of garlic. Sorry for the confusion!

    • Robert Blanding, Sr. June 19, 2012, 8:10 am

      You didn’t answer my question on garlic, waiting.

      • Marie November 17, 2013, 9:23 pm

        Wow, you gave her a whole 19 minutes before you complained she had not replied? lol

        I guess you figure she sits at the keyboard, on the edge of her seat waiting for questions to arrive.

  15. Heather June 11, 2012, 1:54 pm

    My husband lost a lot of weight when he was in hospital recently having a catheter fitted and also lost a lot of his leg muscle as he has Parkinson’s Disease and did not have anyone to look after him when he wanted to get out of bed and try walking. I was recommended to give him lots of crea, and other high fat foods and he has regained some of his weight loss.

    With your comments about milk being acidifying what do you feel about rice pudding – a very English food given to children when young when I was growing up in the 1930s and ’40s, and still very available – either homemade or in tins etc. It seems to be easily digested.

    Any ideas you can suggest will be very welcome.

    • Jose L Suescun November 30, 2012, 5:23 am

      Heather: I could help your husband with the Parkinson’s. There is a very recent treatment, that is not yet in mainstream medicine, which reverses the symptoms and in the best cases returns the patient back to a normal life. I sent a letter to Muhammad Ali through his Parkinson’s foundation and Michael Fox through his agent, but I received no answer!!
      Can anybody explain the mystery?. I suggest that you contact me at fibrocan@hotmail.com and I will tell you what to do. Unfortunately, I believe you will not see my commentary

      • carrie smith June 17, 2013, 3:42 pm

        interested in what to do for parkinsons

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  17. Lexie Mitchell March 26, 2012, 9:53 pm

    I never knew that you cook a green banana (plaintains). As I would never have known how to eat them. I have never bought them, now I will certainly try out your recipes. Thank you.

  18. peggy stotz March 20, 2012, 4:06 pm

    I am amazed at the amount of info on so many subjects that you ,Vivian, are giving us. I just read the artical on heart disease and calcium and the article on bananas. boy , am I learning a lot. question? I do have heart disease and plaque problems(serious oneS) SO WHAT IS YOUR Advice on calcium for me? I have your program and because i am so low income, I was a bit unhappy about the cost but now am happy because you continue to provide more and more info—-even exercise videos. thank you

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 21, 2012, 11:26 pm

      Hi Peggy – If you haven’t already, please read my Ultimate Calcium Guide, which will give you the complete scoop on calcium. :)

  19. Elena March 7, 2012, 3:39 pm

    Love the news about Plantains, as the sweet bananas are so full of sugar. Article I have read articles that state the ripe banana is one food to stay away from if you are trying to rid yourself of that “muffin top”…..

    I am off to search for Plantains…….

    • lin June 25, 2012, 6:18 pm

      Actually, plantains are NOT green bananas, they are what they are – green plantains – and yes they can be eaten – cooked – in the skin and then peeled to serve. Green bananas ARE green bananas, and yes they can be eaten – cooked – in the skin and then peeled and served. Plantains can also be eaten when ripe; boiled in skin and then peeled to eat. They can also be peeled and then fried, sliced.

  20. gene courtney February 23, 2012, 8:12 am

    keep up the good work
    gene

  21. L J Haravu February 22, 2012, 12:50 am

    Very useful information.

  22. dr scott einhorn February 17, 2012, 11:44 pm

    Thanks to Charlie above who points out that green bananas and plantains are not one and the same.

    Next, calcium is not causal to kidney stones. That’s like saying that air causes emphysema.

    • calra July 27, 2012, 4:39 am

      charlie is correct, green banana is NOT plantain,

  23. dr scott einhorn February 17, 2012, 11:41 pm

    THis whole calcium issue is massively aggravating. Much more impt are Ca/P ration, mg, etc and all the others I mentioned in my last response, born out out of the propagation of an UNintentioanl disinformation campaign by Ms. Goldschmidt, however well intentioned.

    The presence of SCFA’s are not relevent for those with hypochlorhydria, which is a very large demographic slice, as without being able to separate the mineral cation (Ca) from its amino acis carrier, it really doesn’t matter. If there is any kind of ‘ick’ on the intestinal microvilli, clogging up absorption and trans-membrane transport, then again, it all
    really doesn’t matter.
    Please, I request, to Vivian et al, think through what you write about.

  24. Jean Carter January 10, 2012, 2:44 pm

    I am kind of confused now…have been trying to follow the alkaline/low acid diet and have read on several lists of alkaline/acidic foods that green bananas are highly acidic and that if you do eat bananas, they should be ripe (speckled). What to do?

    • Diane @ lifeflow June 18, 2012, 8:52 am

      Green bananas are toxic. we think Vivian was meaning to say Plantains ,which are similar in shape but larger than bananas we commonly see. Plantains NEED to be cooked. You are correct in eating bananas that are slightly spotted with brown

    • Elena March 7, 2012, 3:43 pm

      A handful of natural almonds will give you your calcium for the day also.

  25. shahadat December 25, 2011, 12:43 am

    very very informatic article. we should identify more natural food materials that can helps us to be healthy man. special thanks to tuthor or team who has made this valuable article.

  26. Charleen Gorbet December 24, 2011, 8:08 am

    I just read your article about green bananas, with recipe. Green bananas are not plantains…they are regular bananas, not ripened. Green bananas are eaten boiled and served hot with butter, or made into a soup. They are hard to get in regular grocery stores, but Caribbean stores will have them. Plantains are a related but different fruit. Which did you mean for your recipe??

    Plantains can be cooked green or ripe. They are not eaten ripe, as bananas are. But sautéd sliced ripe plantains are very sweet and delicious, a traditional accompaniment to the Janmaican national dish, Ackee and Saltfish.

    • calra July 27, 2012, 5:05 am

      please be consistent with given information as others follow what you write. PLANTAINS ARE NOT FRUITS. you have to cook them. boil, fry, bake, steam or any way you want to cook it, but don’t eat it raw, its not a fruit

      tnx

  27. Mohamed Arif November 16, 2011, 11:49 am

    Banana helps absorb Calcuim for bones. Since Calcium deposits help create kidney stone, will eating more bananas cause kidney stone (I have had one 15 years ago).
    Regards.
    /….Mohamed

  28. Jeanie November 4, 2011, 10:00 pm

    What would be another food that would do about the same thing that Bananas do? I am allergic to bananas unless they are in ie banana bread.
    thanks for all your help.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 7, 2011, 6:07 pm

      Jeanie, it’s important to keep in mind that no single food is responsible for bone health. When I talk about a specific food, it’s just one of the many choices you can make. If you can’t eat bananas (or any other food or food group), don’t worry about it. There are tons of other foods to choose from, and you can still be successful on the Program!

  29. Shabnam Rashid August 8, 2011, 3:17 am

    I was wonderign if diebetic patient can eat bananas……………

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 8, 2011, 11:05 am

      Please check with your doctor about any food restrictions for your condition, Shabnam.

  30. Theresa July 31, 2011, 10:40 pm

    I am wondering about the green bananas. Do you
    mean NOT RIPE or are you talking about another
    variety of bananas.
    I appreciate your e-mails about bone health.
    thank you so much.

    • K Croi October 4, 2011, 5:30 pm

      YES THIS IS TOATLY A DIFFERENT TYPE OF BANANA – MUST BE COOKED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER – VERY GOOD

    • Brigitte September 20, 2011, 4:12 am

      I found some information on this web-site:
      http://grabemsnacks.com/what-is-a-plantain.html
      But the question is not completely solved because they say that plantains must be cooked.
      Perhaps Vivian can help?
      Greetings from Italy to the whole community! Brigitte

  31. hildy varney July 6, 2011, 9:21 am

    Thanks Vivian, you are a treasure a houshold word and a friend of mine AND myfriends.
    I am 83 live alone and wecome you sensible and affordable (gratis) advice .
    I enjoy your book and will soon feel better following your advice
    My best wishes to you and your team
    hildy

  32. Diane July 6, 2011, 1:29 am

    Over the years we have always avoided eating unripened/green bananas. I was taught that until a banana has a few brown specks on it that it is toxic/poisonous to human system. Too over ripe is not good either. Thanks for mentioning Plantain – although similar in shape it is very different than bananas

  33. Sherrine April 16, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Vivian, I have an ileostomy…no colon. Would the bananas help me? Can I still absorb calcium that I take? You said that calcium and magnesium are absorbed in the colon.

    I just ordered your program and am reading and trying everything. I have stopped Prilosec and Evista but now I’m concerned that since these nutrients are absorbed in the colon, I’ll still have problems. Thanks for your help.

  34. Renee April 8, 2011, 8:16 am

    Hi, ViV.Firstly I want to thank God for blessing you with the knowledge and ability to share with so many people like myself on how to take careof our bones.Thank you for this remedy and thank God none of the forsamax and forzavance medications just never agreed with my body and thank you for revealing and exposing all thee bone drugs to so many desperate people.
    I have a constipation problem for the past 5 yrs is it bocoz I take caltrate + and omega 3 and vitamin Dd3 as I also had a very low vitamin d deficiency?How can I get back to normal again?

  35. Barbara April 5, 2011, 9:06 pm

    yum thanks for that info will make soup tomorrow :)

  36. Dottie February 28, 2011, 10:11 pm

    Hi, I cannot eat Bannanas, anything else would help me….also NO Mushrooms. What else might help me?

    • Clinton July 8, 2012, 1:04 am

      If you cannot eat some foods there is a probability you have a porous gut caused by candida albicans. Look into probiotics and eliminate wheat rye, barley and milk from your diet. They contain gluten and A1 Beta Casein.

  37. iwalani February 21, 2011, 3:16 pm

    i’m always excited to read all about being and keeping healthy..thank you for all of your knowlwedge you always share.i’m a 2 time cancer survivor and being healthy is so important to me…life is being HEALTHY..ALOHA FROM HAWAI’I.

  38. Monica P. McCutcheon January 31, 2011, 9:39 am

    After having a colonoscopy (just a precaution), and all being okay, my doctor suggested my taking Benefiber and Miralax every day, along with drinking lactose free milk. My digestive system is a mess. I am 75 and in pretty good health. I have eaten bananas for most of my life, just about every day and I also have milk in my coffee and my oatmeal. I eat yogurt, most often the Greek. I would like to get “regular” again. Any suggestions? Thanks

    • Terri March 3, 2012, 12:46 am

      Take Magnesium Glycinate, 600mg at night before bed and you’ll be amazed at the difference in the morning. Not only is it tremendously beneficial for your bones but will help with elimination.

    • Jennifer July 18, 2011, 12:54 pm

      What made a difference for me was eliminating sugar and cheese, chewing my food more thoroughly, every single bite, and drinking bottled water – I filter our tap water and pour into cleaned bottles. It seems the water in the gallons of tea and coffee I was drinking was disguising my real thirst for water. It really is important to “get regular”, including of course adding exercise – just simple walking every single day. Avoiding all baked foods, especially anything prefab (wrapped in cardboard, plastic or paper from the store) helps. Think of the holding power of white flour and water paste.

    • yvonne April 25, 2011, 3:24 pm

      greek yoghurt can cause stomach problems try a few weeks without

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA January 31, 2011, 11:24 am

      Hi Monica,

      You might try adding some flax seeds (preferably organic and freshly ground) to your cereal or a smoothie.

  39. Yalta January 3, 2011, 4:39 pm

    Does anyone know whether this programme can reduce the side effects of having taken Fosomax for 10 years.

    I stopped one year ago because my digestive system has been damaged.

  40. Veronica November 18, 2010, 10:27 am

    Thanks Vivan, this informations came at the right time in my life .
    God bless you
    US

  41. Marian L. Gordon November 16, 2010, 7:40 pm

    Great information. Lucky me. I eat a banana every morning with my oatmeal. Having had open heart surgery I need the potassium I get from the bananas. I will for sure try your recipes. Marian

  42. Annie McAteer November 15, 2010, 5:06 pm

    Dear Vivian, I have my first carton on almond mild but find it too sweet, also same with the rice mild do they do an unsweetend one. I live in the UK !

    • Tine March 12, 2012, 6:13 pm

      Make your own almond milk. Soak some almonds at least for 2 hours or overnight. Drain, add water to nus in ratio at least 4:1 in blender and run on high for about 1 1/2 minutes, strain through nutmilk/jelly bag. You may add vanilla flavouring to add different flavour. Will last in fridge for about 4 days. Enjoy

    • Daljeet Chana December 28, 2011, 4:39 am

      Yes, Holland & Barrett do the Sugar Free Almond milk and if they don’t stock have any in stock, ask them to order it for you. The Uxbridge branch was ge-great, int at they ordered two boxes just for me!

  43. Deborah November 9, 2010, 5:27 pm

    I have a question not a comment. Natual yoguart is said to be a very good source of calcium. I am wondering what the difference is between the unsweetned natural and greek since the greek yougart seems to be the fashion of the day.

  44. maryse November 9, 2010, 3:32 pm

    Please tell me what is your opinion on cow’s milk for babies and toddlers, same as for adults as you recommended (almond milk? soy milk? anything else?)

    • Clinton July 8, 2012, 1:14 am

      For youngsters Casein can be a problem. It has been linked to type 1 diabetes if given to babies. For older people, the lactose can be a problem when the body begins to shut down on lactase production. The big problem is that lactase intolerance is mostly undiagnosed and the victim can undergo many years of treatment for the many problems it causes.

    • CGS November 10, 2010, 5:16 pm

      Cows milk is for calves and once they are weaned they dont drink it anymore!

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 10, 2010, 7:56 pm

        Exactly! :)

  45. SERGIO MARTINEZ November 7, 2010, 3:02 pm

    There are so many fruits that I can not afford to eat all day, but thanks to the recommendation of Vivian, banana I often lacking in my diet. Also see fruits of all colors make you happy.

  46. Donna October 15, 2010, 12:22 pm

    Im am not surprise about this information, I consume alot of ripe banana, because I know of the its importance to the production and maintainance of the blood. We consume a lot or green banana, both plaintain as well as the green version to ripe banana. It is 18 years since i was diagnose with stage 2 cancer, have not been on HRT but try to ensure that i eat healthy, taking calcium tablets with vit D from time to time. I will now increase my consumption of green banana to benefit from what it provides. Thanks for the information.

    I also found out that calcium is not the main soure to strengthen and maintain bones but iron. Whin my iron is low my nails go thin, when i take my iron the grow to good length.

    I take suppliments on an on and on basis and does give my body a break sometimes.

  47. Vicky October 13, 2010, 7:53 am

    Could You tell me what you think about Reclast
    once a year injection.Will I fill better after taking injection?

    • Mary June 6, 2011, 5:37 am

      I had a very bad reaction to the Reclast IV…I had flu symptoms nearly all winter last year and just could not get over the flu…Please rethink taking the IV…Try Vivian’s methods, read her book, use the vitamins she suggests and go for a more natural way to help your bones…Exercise helps strengthen your bones too.. I am not an exercise “nut”, but I looked up osteo exercise on the internet, bookmarked them and do them daily.. I ride my exercise bike every morning..I do a special exercise for my hip.. I picked exercises I can do anywhere in the house at any time..very simple, but seem to be helping me…I have bad knees, but I am exercising, managed to stay off the Celebrex or NSAIDS and am in general doing better…I split the exercises up during the day.. I ride the bike first thing in the morning and to the exercises later in the day…

      Mary

  48. Mae Devaney September 30, 2010, 4:36 pm

    Thank you for the information Vivian.

  49. Betty Scott September 28, 2010, 8:40 am

    I am looking into the Save our bones program as I now went off of Actinol. I have been informed that I have lost -3 bone last year…. I am so scared and I need help. I am 61 yeARS OLD and desperate for help. I am so anxious about stopping the actinol but it seems like it is not helping. My diet is not great either…I use a lot of salt and I eat plenty of candy.(sweet tooth)….I read your ads and mail each day and am almost convinced about the save your bones program….please comment to re-assure me as of today, my doctor wants me to go on “Forteo” Thanks for you assistance Betty

    • Mary November 10, 2010, 11:35 pm

      I had -2.5 on my DEXA scan for close to 10 years, despite taking Actonel at the recommended dosage. I decided to stop the Actonel and started taking 10,000 I.U. of vitamin D-3, plus 600 mg of magnesium and 1,200 – 2,000 mg of Omega 3 from Nordic naturals, plus 30 mg daily of zinc. I could not believe it, after one year my bones changed to bones of a 21 yr old, when I got my next DEXA scan. I do blood work every 3 months to make sure I am not taking too much D-3. Do not take calcium or calcium food products when taking vitamin D-3 as can raise your blood calcium levels too much. But the 4x yearly blood work helps me to know that my blood calcium and D-3 levels are good.

    • Jeanne Vanderkooij October 28, 2010, 8:36 am

      I have been on actinol before,but stopped as I had site effects.I am grateful that I found out in time that those drugs makes it worse instead of better.
      I have used natural progesterol cream for a year and that has helped me.For any inflamation i recommend olive leave axstract and lypronol.
      Take the step of change or you will not see any improvements.

  50. Josephine September 25, 2010, 10:19 am

    I have been eating two bananas daily for many years and only recently have questioned whether this was a good idea. On a chart I downloaded recently, bananas were listed as a slightly acidic fruit as opposed to other fresh fruit which is generally more alkaline. I appreciate your reassurance that bananas are actually beneficial and help the body absorb the calcium and magnesium that are so vital in restoring the bone density. I have gone back to two bananas a day instead of one. Thank you Vivian, Love Josephine.

    • Sheryl Ann July 25, 2011, 7:16 pm

      Remember that every piece of food does not have to be alkaline-forming. The preferred balance should be about 80% alkaline-forming foods & 20% acid-forming foods. It only makes sense to avoid the worst offenders, which are the highly acidic, processed foods from our diets. However, it would not be wise to eliminate every acidic food from one’s diet. As the saying goes: Moderation in all things.
      Besides, bananas are only slightly acid-forming. They make for a perfect snack with no or little preparation. No bowls or utensils are necessary to eat it. Afterwards, one just properly disposes of the peel. They are commonly available & portable. Even 7-11 carries bananas, so few would have reason to avoid a food which is so wholesome, natural & just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth without making you crave more.
      So make your slightly acidic 20%, a fun & tasty part, that helps your alkaline 80% rebuild your bones. Eat a banana & smile.

  51. Patricia Buchanan September 22, 2010, 10:52 pm

    I have been on Fosamax for over 10yrs. A year age I noticed swallowing food was different. I noticed everytime I swallowed I could feel the food go all the way down. I had a scan and found out I had irregular cells at the end of my esophagus, so was put on Nexium for four months. Which I think,absorbs calcium, I do not want any injections, so I joined the Save Our Bones Community. I have not received my book yet but I hope I can find out how to attack my osteo head on naturally. Pat

  52. delma September 21, 2010, 1:12 am

    im 49 yrs old and would like to know how much vitamin d3 is good for me. i have been diagnosed with osteopenia

    Thanks, d

  53. Jessie (Mia) September 11, 2010, 11:14 pm

    If you wanted to take a calcium supplement is there a healthy one? Also my multivitamin has calcium carbonate 200mg concerned. I ordered you program but have not recieved it yet. I went and got vitiums according to your list.The doctor told me to take calcium 1200mg per day. Now I am concerned I do not need a heart attack. I have osteoporosis -2.0 in my spine.My viltamin is a complete multi and I take fish oil with omega3 350mg and magnesium 200mg. My husband is a heart pt. We are going to the heart doctor monday will talk to him about calcium also. Please e-mail me back. I want to use your program to rebuild my bones. thank you. Jessie

  54. John Weber August 7, 2010, 8:52 am

    I have lifelong food allergies, two of them life threatening. If your research uncovers foods that strengthen the immune system I am sure I am not the only person who would like to hear of them.
    (Bananas are not one of them!)

    • Clinton July 8, 2012, 1:34 am

      If you have allergies, look into probiotics and quit drinking milk…it is the primary cause of osteomyelitis and can cause parkinsons, alzheimers and a litany of other problems. You have probably had a session of antibiotics that have destroyed your beneficial intestinal bacteria and let candida albicans take over. The candida can make your gut porous, releasing your gut contents into your body and activating your immune system.

  55. HEATHER GELL July 31, 2010, 1:25 am

    I love your information. I just quit Actonel (have only been on it for about 5-6 mos), have purchased my last jug of milk, plan to eat an apple a day and already I eat tons of bananas. Why don’t our doctors tell us this stuff instead of prescribing all these harmful drugs. Bottom line – - we have to look for good information and take care of our own bodies.

  56. Pauline Pohorski July 13, 2010, 6:48 pm

    I have purchased and am reading your book with great interest. I have been told to take calcium tablets (Caltrate (calcium with vitamin D). What is your opinion of Caltrate? I am constantly brushing my teeth because I do not like how they feel after taking Caltrate. Would you take it?

    • Luc Chene July 27, 2010, 3:54 pm

      The best calcium you can take is MCHC micro-crystaline hydroxyapatite crystal from organic grass-fed cattle.
      You may try at http://www.altmedicineshop.com/ProductInfo/MCHC.htm.
      Also it is important to add magnesium about 500 mg per day, ideally in the form of magnesium citrate or lactate or gluconate and vitamin K2.
      You may consider adding organic silicium BioSil is good and also Milk Basic Protein.
      Include onions each day.
      All this will improve your bone density, matrix and strength.

  57. Marie Thompson June 16, 2010, 6:20 pm

    Thanks Vivien for your e-mail.I find the information you forward to me very helpful. As we grow older (I am a Senior Citizen) we need to keep up-to-date with information, especially “medical”. Again, much appreciated. Marie.

  58. Gail June 15, 2010, 11:46 am

    Vivian, just had my yearly paps exam and my doctor renewed my prescription for fosamax, then I saw your info about these osteo drugs, which I have used all three so far. Have decided not to continue taking the fosamax, but my prescription was already in the mail. Will eat the loss since my cost was only $20.00. Plan to get your book and start eating better and exercising. Eating bananas whole is a problem for me they make me gag but ok in in liquid form; got any recipes for good fruit drinks such as smoothies?

    • Jean B. Stowe October 1, 2010, 11:21 am

      peel, freeze a banana overnight… using blender or food processor, put in banana that has been cut into 4 pcs…add about 3 pcs ice, little over a cup of almond milk, 2 tsps each of cinnamon and turmeric…(same amt of ginger if you like)… blend – just until looks thick …. delicious! this is my b’fast about 3/4 days a week…. (plus, I drink lots of hot Green Tea …. jbs

      • Clinton July 8, 2012, 1:40 am

        You might also freeze a lemon, grind it up and add some to the mix and maybe a little honey or xylitol. The skin is the most nutritious part by the way.

  59. Jean June 8, 2010, 11:07 am

    I found I’m allergic to bananas! I’d love to know if there are other foods that can help my bones be stronger.

  60. Jody Wood May 23, 2010, 6:18 pm

    I hope the roasted plantain chips from Trader Joe’s also have the same beneficial nutrients as raw ones. I’m addicted to them, and used to feel guilty for eating them. Now I can consider them a health food!??

  61. ruthie May 22, 2010, 4:48 am

    prunes are also excellent for calcium absorbtion, as they are rich in magnesium.

  62. ruth May 9, 2010, 10:37 am

    Is tai chi good for osteoporosis/

    • Maria J.Mckenney May 18, 2010, 9:41 pm

      Thankyou Viviam for de PLAINTAN. I ate alot de bananas, green Plaintains, all my life. I ate regular bananas too. I hope this work better in my life now. Thankyou so very much… Sincerely, Maria J. Mckenney

  63. ruth May 9, 2010, 10:36 am

    Is tai chi good for osteoporosis?

  64. Joyce Kennedy April 20, 2010, 2:10 pm

    Vivian, read your book, lots of good info.I would like to know the name of a good calcium/plus, so many on the market,also what about a mul-vit. with everything in it? should a seperate calcium+ still be taken? Thanks joyce

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 13, 2010, 10:49 pm

      Joyce, look for organic sources of calcium derived from plants, as is the case with some calcium supplements made of algae.

  65. Amy April 16, 2010, 6:22 pm

    I read recently that plums (or prunes) are beneficial as well. Any input on that?

  66. Raquel Rego April 7, 2010, 8:27 am

    Thanks so much for this knowledge sharing.
    Very interesting.
    I’m taking note from now on.
    I appreciate it.

  67. Ann April 2, 2010, 1:01 pm

    How Marvelous! Especially since I have been a “1 banana-a-day” girl for over 20 years.

  68. Karmen McCoy April 1, 2010, 8:28 pm

    I know this will not aply to everyone but I am alergic to Bananas. they cause my tongue to swell up my throat to hurt. So I would like to know what you would recommend that would be close in nutrition or as the second choice. I am alergic to rubber and the banana is a relative to the rubber tree.
    Apreciate your messages.
    Karmen

    • Viola Anderson April 23, 2010, 12:44 pm

      My son was alergic to bananas but seems to do ok when using them in smoothies.

  69. T.Nachuk March 30, 2010, 5:56 pm

    Enjoy your updates. Interesting to read what others have gone through. I wrote you about Aclasta which I am to have injected the end of April.Any comment on this drug.I don’t think I will follow through. I have taken actonel. fosamax forteo over the yesrs can’t see any improvement. thanks Theresa

    • Cindy April 21, 2010, 1:05 pm

      Hello. I would not ever use any of these drugs, simply because they produce fossilized bone, not denser bone, even though a scan cannot tell the difference. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis a year ago, had a bone scan again April 12, 2010, and have been upgraded to osteopenia, a fact that the doctor said could not possibly happen – I have reversed my condition by stopping antidepressants, which I did not need anyway, and any type of antacid. I exercise daily and try to maintain an alkalizing diet. In addition I have started tha “Garden of Life” grow bone supplements, which I researched thoroughly before beginning. Garden of Life is a whole food supplement, and their grow bone system has a terrific guarantee-check out their site. I wish you good luck, and please question your doctors, they do not know everything! Sincerely, Cindy

  70. Nuala March 28, 2010, 6:19 pm

    Thank you Vivian and all who post comments.
    I am a UK resident and find the notes very supportive and interesting. I only discovered 2 months ago that I have osteoporosis following a broken ankle, with a T Score of – 2.7. You are not offered dext scans here routinely, only after an unexplained break!In my case it was after a comment that a doctor made, that I had a tendency to develop it. Biphosonates are handed out routinely here too.My doctor made no mention of the side effects of the drugs nor was I told to get my dental hygene checked out when handed the prescription. After checking the drugs on the internet I was alarmed as my dental health is not good. So I am going the natural route with diet, exercise and solgar’s Ultimate Bone Support. I am very lucky as locally we have a pharmacist who only practises natural health, runs detox programmes ( 80/20 percent alkaline/acid diet)and has a Health Shop selling reputable health products. After extensive reading I am now eating 9 dried prunes per day,(approx 135g), after reading research that this was one of the few fruits proven to improve bone density in that amount daily. Unfortunately there seem to be very few Physical Trainers qualified sufficently in dealing with osteoporosis to advise on the right exercises to build bones through weight training, without doing any damage! I have being doing Pilates for years but have stepped up the regime, am walking with a weighted backpack, do vigorous dancing weekly, swim and am about to join a gym. Hopefully I can halt the decline and with a bit of luck reverse the scores a bit.
    Keep up the excellent work.

    • June McKale May 5, 2010, 5:33 am

      I am also from UK. I would like a recommendation for either a liquid calcium or powder calcium as I have a problem swallowing tabs. It seems that all algae calcium comes from US and is very expensive but am not sure which is best. Would love to find a UK supplier.

      • Daljeet Chana December 28, 2011, 4:50 am

        Me too. Any suggestions?

    • Lesley April 1, 2010, 7:06 pm

      What part of the country do you live in? I could put you in touch with my physio.

    • Lesley April 1, 2010, 7:03 pm

      I’m from Engand too and my doctor was horrified that I refused Fosamax. Like you I research it and am totally at peace with my decision. I have a physio who has worked out a programme of exercises (15)that I do twice a week. This will last for a few months before progressing on to the next level. I take Nature’s Plus high potency Cal/Mag/vit D with Vit K2.I take 3 tablets a day giving 900mg cal, 450mg mag, and 750 iu of Vit D and 25 mcg Vit D. (What levels are in Solgar’s Ultimate bone supplement?) I am also seeing a nutritionalist. I will see in a year or so’s time when I will ask for another Dexa scan, whether all this has worked!!

  71. Shirley Booth March 26, 2010, 4:56 pm

    Love all the comments, have a question. Is sprouted grains used in pastas and etc. considerd acid?

  72. Shirley Booth March 26, 2010, 4:43 pm

    I’m waiting for the book,it is on backorder. I would like to know if sprouted grains used in pastas and etc. is still considerd acid? Thanks, Shirley

  73. PJ March 22, 2010, 10:28 am

    I am a raw vegan and have been diagnosed for osteoporosis. I am not willing to take drugs and have committed to doing weight bearing exercise, strength exercises, changing my diet and supplements where needed.

    Plaintains… can they be eaten raw? Any other way to get the SCFAs?

  74. Marie March 11, 2010, 3:22 pm

    Hi, enjoy your news letters on the internet,
    I’ve had Crohns disease since my mid 20′s,at least that was when finally diagnosed, now 81yrs and just retired from nursing. Osteoprosis was diagnoed when in my fifties and have been taking fosamax for many years and concerned about this. Of course I have had my share of prednisone over the years which is one the contributing factors to osteo
    Can’t eat fresh fruit or veggies without risk of obstruction. Now I’m concerned about canned products,I do eat bananas, not plantain yet.
    Any suggestions.??

  75. anna chandler March 8, 2010, 8:13 pm

    Vivian thankyou so much for all your Inf.
    I will try that salad! have a great evenig!
    Anna

  76. myrtle barker February 22, 2010, 12:21 am

    thank you so much for onfo on bananas & plantain. love them both

  77. Winnie Chase February 20, 2010, 8:40 pm

    Appreciate the comments on beer and banana. I have a separate Q. A few of my knuckles(finger joints) look swoolen but I was told it is not inflamation and certainly not RA but osteoarthritis. The “swell” is hard…could that be bone spur(calcium?) due to injury or ???Is that an indication of calcium deficiency although my blood level of calcium is actually slightly higher than the normal range.

  78. Helen February 11, 2010, 4:45 pm

    I truly appreciate all this valuable information you feed us. It is amazing the simple things it takes to improve your bones and yet one would pay a fortunate to go to a exercise club and still not find the main sources of help. Thanks again!

    • Roy Johnston February 14, 2010, 12:14 pm

      Vivian I have tried sevaral time to get your free hand book no reply. Thank you Roy.

  79. sherry fernandez February 4, 2010, 12:10 pm

    Thanks for the tip-my husband loves plantain lightly browned in a pan with olive oil and makes a sandwich with it. He also puts it into soups.Its a carribean thing since we were both born in Trinidad and Tobago.

    • Renia March 12, 2010, 1:43 am

      What is your opinion on eating bananas while on warfarin (coumadin) ? My doctor told me, that many
      types of food, which I used to like very much, are not available or in a very small amount daily. Bananas are among them, and I “compromised” by eating only 1/2 yellow banana with my cereal.

  80. Patti January 28, 2010, 1:59 pm

    I am not a fan of ‘green’ bananas..will ripe bananas not give you the same benefits?

  81. RUTH January 28, 2010, 12:10 pm

    Should COQ10 be taken with a fish oil pill? Thanks in advance

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 13, 2010, 10:45 pm

      Not necessarily. Just make sure your CoQ10 is a capsule instead of a tablet, since it gets absorbed a lot better :)

  82. Hester Greyling January 22, 2010, 12:26 am

    That is amazing advise. Thanks Vivian I really appreciated all your advise.

    I am going to try the recipes.

    Greetings

    Hester

  83. heather anderson January 20, 2010, 1:45 pm

    I have started making a mug of very quick tomato soup. 1 big spoon of tomato puree (with no extras), mix with very hot water, add a small pinch of salt and or herbs. Stir well and enjoy before lunch.

  84. Myrna January 12, 2010, 12:23 am

    Thanks, Vivian. I love plaintains. Have you tried frying them when they are not green? Since reading your article I will be eating more of them.

    Regards.

  85. carol January 2, 2010, 9:52 pm

    Thanks for the banana tip….will do starting tomarrow. Meanwhile….I only took Fosamax a few times, but got side affects right away….but one side affect that isn’t listed…I got…terrible blood shot eyes. Went to the eye doctor and he said my tear ducts dried up…$350 Later…still have blood shot eyes and pain. Tried everything and nothing helps….yet….could take time. I blame it on Fosamax and eye doctor couldn’t disagree….for sure. Never had anything like this till ”Fosamax…..NEVER AGAIN. Thanks for the info…V.

    • dee January 11, 2010, 5:15 pm

      DONT TAKE FOSAMAX IT IS A DANGEROUS DRUG AND SO ARE ACTONEL AND FORTEO!!! just google those names and look at the lawsuits. THE DRUG COMPANIES DONT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT US , JUST THEIR BOTTOM LINE.

  86. Jean Whittle December 31, 2009, 11:15 pm

    Re my comment in answer to one that said that Fosamax has only been on the market in Australia for about 5 years. I said that I live in Australia and had taken Fosamax in 1999. This is true, but I remember now that it was specially prescribed for me by my endocrinologist and I had to get it from the hospital pharmacy. It’s probably correct that it wasn’t generally available in Australian commercial pharmacies at that time.

  87. Jean Whittle December 29, 2009, 8:48 am

    Kelsey Fickling says that Fosamax has only been on the market in Australia for about 5 years. I live in Sydney, Australia and took Fosamax for a few months in about 1999. I had terrible problems with it – it caused me to throw up every time I tried to eat and I couldn’t breathe during these attacks, so I stopped taking it. However, these effects continued for many years after discontinuing the Fosamax, but all doctors laughed at me when I tried to explain this to them.

    • georgia February 19, 2010, 7:26 pm

      Any Doctor that makes a joke of your side effects is covering up from his lack of knowledge to determine the cause.GET A NEWER,YOUNGER DOCTOR,fire the dead beat you hired to protect your health.

  88. Wilda Fancett December 16, 2009, 2:21 am

    Vivian, thank you so much for the recipes. That information is so good to have, and I need all the help I can get in trying to eat properly.

    Wilda

  89. Joanne December 13, 2009, 4:44 pm

    I was diagnosed with osteopenia. I believe that biophosphanates can do more harm than good over the long haul so I am skeptical as to what real choices do women have to make in reversing bone loss? Joanne

  90. Sharon November 15, 2009, 5:11 pm

    Vivian,
    Bananas and I don’t get along to well. Thank you for the reciepes and I plan on trying them. I’ve noticed that I look at food differently now than what I did even 6 weeks ago. I’m eating a lot healthier now and feel a lot better. I’m sure going to try that banana a day. Thanks for all your e-mails and support.
    Sharon

    • Joel M. Wilson January 15, 2010, 9:14 am

      Dear Sharon,

      I used to think that I could not digest bananas. But a few years ago when I started to focus on a more vegetarian diet, and thus eliminated most red meat and even a lot of white meat, and also added a lot more other various fruits and vegetables to my diet, then I found that I could digest bananas. Same way with whole oranges.

      Joel M. Wilson

  91. Margaret Coles November 15, 2009, 12:16 pm

    Please reply Margaret

  92. Jane November 12, 2009, 10:47 pm

    Vivian I have been taking Boniva for about 4 years and my osteopenia has not improved. I was looking for another way to improve my bone health when I ran across your information. I am planning on trying your program for better bone health; however, I am concerned that my low thyroid medication could be a contributing factor to my thinning bones. Could this be the case, and if so,what can I do to correct the problem?

    • georgia February 19, 2010, 7:35 pm

      When you ask the doctor about your last density reading was,he will always tell you your last reading was very good,showing improvement.In all actuality,he is reading the inflamation numbers caused by the density test….that fries your body.Do not waste your time or money on that quackery.Do as Vivian says,eat healthy and run for your life and stay away from prescription drugs…their side effects will cause MORE problems than you can imagine!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 26, 2009, 10:41 pm

      Hi Jane,

      An underactive thyroid taken in the correct dose should not cause bone thinning.

      • Martha January 23, 2010, 1:10 am

        A slightly overactive thyroid sure does.I looked back at tests of my TSH levels from several years ago and my levels were within the normal range but at the low end so the “problem” was never flagged. So here I am at 53 with osteoporosis. I don’t trust this Actonel. Monday I felt like my bones were made of cold hard steel stabbing me. I felt every rib.

        • georgia February 19, 2010, 7:43 pm

          What did Actonel do for me? I am a right handed artist/sculptist before I took Actonel .After three months I had 2 fingers with burst tendons ,had a specialist make the costly repair and still lost function with those two fingers.
          It has been 4 years since since I eliminated Prescription drugs and feel 99% healthier,with the exception of these two fingers.

    • Diane November 23, 2009, 7:09 pm

      I have the same question. I take 50mcg. Levoxyl daily. Is this harmful?

  93. Ingrid K. Salmon November 6, 2009, 3:53 pm

    Subject: [shamballa-md-healers] The Superfood: [7 Attachments]

    What to think of biological banana’s? Mmmh…

    A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression ‘going bananas’ is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:

    Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!! !
    This is interesting.
    After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

    Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

    Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

    But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

    Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

    PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

    Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

    Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressur e. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

    Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

    Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

    Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
    Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

    Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

    Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

    Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

    Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

    Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

    Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

    Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

    Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

    Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

    Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

    So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A banana a day keeps the doctor away!’

    PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDS
    PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe…polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !!!

    ————————————————–
    Thank you, Vivian, for the very useful information.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 26, 2009, 10:42 pm

      Hi Ingrid,

      And we all thank you for giving us so much great information on bananas!

  94. Karen Becker November 3, 2009, 9:32 pm

    I learned Pilates exercises for osteoporosis, which has really helped with back pain. I don’t do anything that involves bending or twisting, and am usually on my back or side on a mat for the exercises. I paid for some sessions with a Pilates expert, but now do them on my own at home.

  95. Lydia Houser November 3, 2009, 7:49 pm

    Dear Vivian,
    Thank you so much for the good information you send us. I eat every day two bananas but I just learned that green bananas are better. Every day I learn a new thing to stay healthy in body and spirit!

  96. Nettie November 1, 2009, 7:59 pm

    Hi Vivian,

    Is drinking a banana smoothie every day good for me? or Is it better to eat the banana instead of drinking it? Thanks.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 26, 2009, 10:43 pm

      Hi Nettie,

      It all depends what ingredients you use to make the smoothie. Cow’s milk? Then, you’re much better off eating the banana.

    • Margaret Coles November 15, 2009, 12:14 pm

      Thank you Vivan, I love bananas and been having one a day for several months now, It is good to know that they also help with bones.
      Regardes Margaret

  97. jyo October 27, 2009, 8:09 pm

    I liked the website and great information. however, the price of this book is very high, ( specially for retired person)…

    • yvonne April 6, 2010, 2:20 pm

      try ordering a book from amazon.i did.it is definately worth the money.

  98. Daphne October 26, 2009, 8:42 pm

    Hi Vivian,

    Thanks for the tips on the bananas,will share it with my friends.

  99. Lynn Martin October 26, 2009, 3:28 pm

    What do you do when you are allergic to bananas

    • Yvonne Dobson June 21, 2010, 2:40 pm

      Allergic to Bananas then eat the Avocado 265 calories per 4inches, banana 100 calories per 6inches. Curly Kale and pineapple juice mixed in a blender give it a try.
      Yvonne Dobson. U.K.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 26, 2009, 10:53 pm

      Hi Lynn,
      Then you don’t eat them :)

  100. Deb October 26, 2009, 8:26 am

    Wondering if the green bananas (plantains) are just regular unripe bananas, or is this something different?

    • Pam October 26, 2009, 9:11 pm

      Plantains are a small green banana that are common in Central and South American countries and commonly used in fried and cooked recipes. Most stores that serve an hispanic community stock them. They are not the same as our large “Dole” eating bananas that are tastiest when yellow and ripe.

      • Maria October 27, 2009, 11:10 pm

        I was born in Costa Rica,and bananas and plantains (platanos) are different,platanos are bigger, you can not eat then raw,you have to cook them first, usually,boil them, if they are green,you can also let them ripe and you just sliced then anf frie, they are delicious,ok? thankyou

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