What are Phloem Bundles (Banana Strings) and Should You Eat Them?

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Bananas are the perfect on-the-go snack because of its rich source of potassium and fiber. The only negative side to the fruit are those irritating leathery strings or strands, – which are actually known as phloem bundles. These are the strings that you get, when you peel back the banana skin.

Those stringy threads may not be the most palatable, but did you know that they are in fact very important? You would not be able to consume bananas without these strings.

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What are Phloem Bundles?

Phloem is the one responsoble for delivering important nutrients to plant cells, while xylem, transports water throughout the plant, Basically speaking, phloem bundles or banana strings, are loaded with nutrients that plants need to thrive and grow. Nutrients that people, also, can benefit from if they are eaten.

What are the Nutrients in Phloem Bundles?

It is still unproven whether or not banana strings contain higher levels of nutrients, as compared to other parts of the banana fruit. But, the case, however, seems solid.

Although researchers have not specifically tested phloem bundles, it is possible that there would be a difference in its nutritional value. Since these phoem bundles are intended to do a specific job, and likely have a defined structure which supports that job, these strings would be expected to have a different compound profile, as compared to the regular edible banana flesh, that is according to Dr. Nicholas D. Gillitt, PhD, as published in the Huffington Post.

But, one has to be consuming quite a lot of banana strings, to really notice a difference. This is because these strings are present in such small amounts, as compared to the rest of the banana. That unless you are eating a large amount of them individually, these would not be expected to impact the overall nutrition profile of the banana.

Is It Possible to Grow Bananas Without Phloem Bundles?

It is potentially possible to develop bananas minus the phloem bundles, but these are essential for the adequate disposition of nutrients throughout the plant. Therefore,these are not truly bothersome.

How to Consume the Banana Strings?

If the texture of the phloem bother you, but you still want to reap its nutritional benefits, you may consider consuming the bananas by making a smoothie. When you blend the strings in with the rest of your drink, it will make them completely unnoticeable.

Banana Smoothie Recipe:

This banana smoothie recipe is extra fruity and creamy and. Depending on how ripe your banana and orange are, you may need to add a extra honey. Just add based on your taste.

Ingredents:

1-2 teaspoons honey
1 Banana
1/2 Orange
1/3 cup Yogurt
1/4 cup Milk

Directions:
1. Chop the banana and oranget.
2. Add into the blender.
3. Combine yogurt and milk.
4. Blend until smooth and creamy.
5. Adjust with honey if necessary.

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