New banana milk packaging, which have been popping up in supermarkets across Ireland, is making a comeback.
Source: RTE News / Claire Foy for the Irish Times article Now in its third generation, the Bananas are a staple in Irish home kitchens, with more than 20,000 varieties on the market.
It is said that they are the perfect choice for those who want to enjoy a banana without the added guilt of a heavy bag or heavy-duty packaging.
But what about the health risks of bananas?
It is not just the packaging which is dangerous, but the whole banana.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that, when ingested, the flavonoid in bananas could increase the risk of coronary heart disease by 30 per cent.
In a report published in the British Medical Journal, Dr James K. Cairns, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Nottingham and the director of the Nutritional Medicine Research Unit, said: “Bananas contain high levels of polyphenols, which include flavonoids.
These polyphenol molecules, which can have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, may be involved in preventing inflammation, the main cause of cardiovascular disease.”
The authors said that although there was no evidence to link bananas with heart disease, there were some possible risks.””
They can also have effects on the immune system, and the endocrine system.”
The authors said that although there was no evidence to link bananas with heart disease, there were some possible risks.
“The increased risk of heart disease is not confined to fruit, but also includes the consumption of raw or processed foods containing flavonols, and particularly those with high fructose content, which has been linked to obesity and diabetes,” they wrote.
“While the exact role of flavonol in heart disease has not been investigated, its possible that its increased intake is a risk factor.”
A spokeswoman for Bananas Ireland said the new packaging would not be available in Ireland until 2019.
She said: The new Bananas Bananas brand is a healthy, eco-friendly, healthy, tasty and delicious product, and we look forward to seeing it on shelves across the country.
“We will continue to monitor the health of our products and consumers to ensure they are safe and nutritious,” she said.