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Healthy Eating: Is it healthier to eat a banana while it’s fresh or when it’s ripe?

Answers found on :

http://www.quora.com/Healthy-Eating/Is-it-healthier-to-eat-a-banana-while-its-fresh-or-when-its-ripe

The meticulous answer , by Zachary CONLEY , degree in nutritional sciences

Actually, the nutritional profile of a banana does change as it ripens. You’ve probably noticed that the more ripe your banana is, the sweeter it tastes. This is because enzymes in the fruit’s tissues are progressively breaking down starch (long polymeric form of sugar) into simple sugars (monosaccharides, disaccharides, etc).

Since the enzymes have already done the work of breaking that starch down, your body doesn’t need to; you will absorb the sugars into your blood stream quickly which causes a “spike” in blood sugar.
On the other hand, there may be some benefit to eating the ripe banana. Supposedly the antioxidant profile of the banana increases as it ripens.
In conclusion, the ripe banana is optimal when you need quick sugar. If you don’t want the blood sugar surge, you could consider eating the ripe banana with some nut butter (which should slow the absorption of sugars into your blood stream) or simply eat the banana while its still green-ish (3 or 4).

(Source: Ripening Chart Westwood Banana http://westwoodbanana.com/1.html )

The joking answer , by Christopher J.D. DOWD ,  Sentient Smattering of Spacetime

 It should be noted that bananas contain 0.0117% potassium-40, which is radioactive with a half-life of 1.25 billion years. In fact, “banana equivilant dose” of radiation has become a real unit of measurement. So, in terms of radiation poisoning, you are slightly better off waiting.

As a side note : http://answers.ask.com/reference/dictionaries/what_does_quirky_mean

Being quirky takes a little effort. It means in simple terms having an unconventional behavior. It means odd, weirdness, strangeness and funny behavior.

Brain Pickings Maria POPOVA

^^  http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/12/28/spacesuit-fashioning-apollo/

I am completely flabbergasted – as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise – by this exceptional website :

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/about/

from Maria POPOVA :

Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are. Founded in 2006 as a humble email digest and eventually brought online

Number of Book Reviews in the Science Category only : err … 129 , and she posts the book’s covers and some pictures from inside of the books .

http://bookpickings.brainpickings.org/tagged/science

She has Book Reviews in other Categories as well : Creativity , Design , History , Psychology and Art !

I am lost for words ….

 

You can also follow me on Twitter :   https://twitter.com/alleswatis

World’s slowest-moving drop caught on camera at last

World’s slowest-moving drop caught on camera at last

How long would you be willing to wait for a drop of the black stuff in Dublin? After 69 years, one of the longest-running laboratory investigations in the world has finally captured the fall of a drop of tar pitch on camera for the first time. A similar, better-known and older experiment in Australia missed filming its latest drop in 2000 because the camera was offline at the time.

The Dublin pitch-drop experiment was set up in 1944 at Trinity College Dublin to demonstrate the high viscosity or low fluidity of pitch — also known as bitumen or asphalt — a material that appears to be solid at room temperature, but is in fact flowing, albeit extremely slowly.

^^  http://www.nature.com/news/world-s-slowest-moving-drop-caught-on-camera-at-last-1.13418

The oldest known pitch drop experiment began at Cambridge University in Australia in 1927 by Professor Thomas Parnell.

^^ The oldest known pitch drop experiment began at Cambridge University in Australia in 1927 by Professor Thomas Parnell. The first drop fell a decade later. Professor John Mainstone, pictured, has been custodian of the Australian test since the 1960s but has missed every drop

^^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2369074/Pitch-ure-perfect-Scientists-capture-drop-falling-tar-camera-time-70-YEARS.html

More reading :

http://www.gizmag.com/pitch-drop-experiment-video-trinity-college/28381/

http://www.businessinsider.com/tar-drop-has-been-falling-for-almost-70-years-2013-7

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2369074/Pitch-ure-perfect-Scientists-capture-drop-falling-tar-camera-time-70-YEARS.html

http://smp.uq.edu.au/content/pitch-drop-experiment

Spotted : funny website facts.fm

Spotted : funny website facts.fm

^^^ http://www.facts.fm/7-unbelievable-facts/7/

This is how a waterdrop bouncing in a few microseconds looks like

^^^ http://www.facts.fm/7-unbelievable-facts/5/

This 102 year old abandoned ship is now a floating forest. You can find it in Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia. Beautiful

Through my own Twitter account https://twitter.com/alleswatis , I discovered this ( retweeted ) website facts.fm , which says about itself :

“For the Curious People”

We’re journalists and researchers. We’re passionate statistics nerds with too much time. We’re focused on educating curious people from around the world.

A top educational destination, Just So You Know features the most important, crazy, weird, funny, awesome, unbelievable, and amazing local and world-wide facts, tips and knowledge. @Know is Europe’s most followed fact page on Twitter, created Nov 30, 2010

http://www.facts.fm/know/

It is a website for enjoying moments of light-hearted pictures , coming in categories : Science , Wow , Nature , Bizarre , and Worldwide . From time to time , there might be some really astonishing thing to discover over there , like the falling water droplet in the heading of this post  .