bananas, braces-friendly

Bananas for bananas

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Bananas make a great braces-friendly snack. They are packed with potassium, fiber and vitamins (including B and C), and they come in their own case.

Is it bananas or is it true that separating them slows down ripening? The idea behind this is that like many fruits, bananas emit ethylene gas. This controls the fruit’s browning and ripening, as well as that of other fruits nearby. Separating, and especially covering the end of the stems, should contain the release of this gas, thereby slowing the rate of ripening. Refrigeration also slows down the ripening process, but does not stop it. The peel continues to turn brown, but the fruit itself stays fresh for about a week. If they are overripe, you can always make banana bread (please share your favorite recipe with your favorite Fountain Valley orthodontist). Don’t forget to save the peels for compost 🙂

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