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Is it true that bananas are radioactive?

Yes, it's true that bananas are radioactive, however, the amount of radiation that you get from eating a banana is negligible. It's also true that eating too many bananas can kill you, but if you ...
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Is it true that bananas are radioactive?

In addition to the answers explaining that bananas do contain radioactive potassium, but in small amounts, it's also worth noting that your body maintains a fixed amount of potassium through ...
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Is it true that bananas are radioactive?

While it's true that bananas are unusually radioactive (which actually means very slightly), you should keep in mind that all plants and animals are radioactive. For people, about half of our ...
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Bananas - too many - so how can I preserve them?

You don't mention what variety of banana you have access to. There is a host of banana varieties and they all have different characteristics in regard to flavor and texture. I will assume that you ...
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Why does my banana bread have a moist top?

You've partially answered your own question: When wrapped in foil, the water contained naturally in the ingredients will re-moisturise the banana bread. a. To reduce: don't wrap it leave it in the ...
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Is it true that bananas are radioactive?

Yes, bananas are radioactive. They contain potassium, and a small part of this comes as a radioactive isotope 40K. The dose of an average banana is (rounded up) around 0.1 μSv. Other potassium-rich ...
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Which average weight % of the banana is edible? i.e. Which % of the banana is not peel?

Per the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28, the "refuse" content of a banana is 36%, attributed to the peeling. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2159?format=Full
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What provides the acid for leavening in this banana bread recipe?

Most of the ingredients in this recipe are acidic. ph values: flour 5.5-6.5 brown sugar slightly acidic bananas 4.5-5.2 butter 6.1-6.4 The salt is neutral and the eggs are not acidic, ph 7.1-7.9 ...
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Does ripening banans in a bag with other fruit harm the other fruit?

It doesn't harm the apple, but it does speed up its ripening as well. And that risks over-ripening. So your perfectly crispy apples may begin to become mealy. Eventually they become targets for yeasts,...
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Is it true that bananas are radioactive?

If you were to somehow actually take all that radioactivity into your body you would be dead long before the radioactivity became an issue. The radioactive element is potassium--and potassium ...
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What is the optimal way to freeze bananas?

The best way to freeze bananas so that they don't turn brown and are easy to use, is to peel, slice and flash freeze before you put them in a freezer bag. Simply peel and slice your bananas. Lay them ...
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How do the nutritional values of bananas change as they ripen?

Starch content and sweetness: Bananas become sweeter as they ripen because the starch is broken down. An unripe banana is full of complex carbohydrates, but as it ripens, these are broken down into ...
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Is a partially translucent banana safe to cook with?

The whole thing, including the translucent part is fine to cook with. As they ripen, fruits convert their starches to sugar. Starch isn’t water soluble, but sugar is. So as ripening happens, the sugar ...
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How to cook and eat unidentified woody banana species

Like bananas, plantains (platano macho in Spanish) start out green and ripen from there. When ripe, they indeed have black peels, and are softer and sweeter. But when not very ripe, the peel is green ...
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Why is the skimmed milk fizzy?

During blending, air is put into the milk mixture. Once you switch it off, not all air is kept inside the milk but makes it's way to the surface. These are the bubbles that make you think your milk is ...
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Only the core of my banana is black. Is it safe to eat?

From a 1989 Chicago Tribune article: ... some said that almost all the bananas they had purchased lately had such an unpleasant, dark center that they were inedible. We received a more thorough ...
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Can I substitute bread flour for AP flour in banana bread recipe?

With some precautions in your mixing method, you could substitute Bread Flour for AP Flour in Banana Bread. Mind you, it may make a stronger, more dense, more chewy banana bread than people expect--...
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Why did my potatoes and bananas spoil to mush within a week?

This sounds like soft rot on the potatoes. Soft rot tends to ooze "water" from the lesion and release a foul smell as it breaks down the potato. The potato will still look white and be mushy,...
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How can I make my banana bread more moist?

While living in Michigan in the late 1970's, I baked several loaves of banana right before going to church to play the organ for the midweek service. I decided to wrap one of the loaves to give to the ...
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Adding fresh fruit to a non fruited banana bread

If you add chocolate and nuts, no. They can be added without any adjustments, as they don't tend to affect the rest of the cake at all. Fresh fruit is a bit trickier, since it tends to release a great ...
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Is it beneficial to rest a quick bread batter w/o leavening agent? ex. banana bread

Another aspect apart from the difficulty of evenly distributing the chemical leavening agent is gluten development. Resting wet flour will start that process. While this is desired in e.g. yeasted ...
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Cutting the stems of banana instead of wrapping them when preserving them

I eat a ton of bananas and was excited when I heard about this...but it’s a total lie. I did it for 2 weeks (2 bunches) and saw no difference. So, I did an experiment. I did 2 with and 2 without......
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Am i able use overripe bananas in pancakes?

Yes absolutely! It's always a shame when people throw away perfectly good "baking bananas" because they think it is moldy. If you aren't quite ready to use it yet, you can keep dark bananas in your ...
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Am i able use overripe bananas in pancakes?

Sounds delicious. The ripe banana would work great incorportated into a standard batter - maybe even with a dash of cinnamon/nutmeg (i'm so ready for fall flavours now), or some chocolate chips, or as ...
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Can refractometers measure a banana's glucose content?

Iodine can be used reliably to measure starch content in bananas and it is correlated with sugar (soluble solids). Summary. A starch staining technique using pictures to rate starch disappearance has ...
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Bananas - too many - so how can I preserve them?

You can keep them in the fridge for a couple of weeks. You can fry them. You can dry them. You can comfit* them. You can make marmalade. You can make chutney. *Comfit with m - sugaring
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Is it true that bananas are radioactive?

When people compare the radiation received from other sources with the radiation from eating a banana, the point of the exercise is not to say that eating bananas is risky. It’s to say that the ...
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What is the minimum amount of sugar needed for getting the desired texture in this banana marmalade?

There is no way to predict the amount you want. If you want to know it, the only way is extensive experimentation. You observed two outcomes, which I will call "amber" and "boiled" for short. If I ...
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How to stop frozen bananas making everything else in the freezer taste like banana?

Use about 3-4 boxes of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda, one on each shelf in the freezer and use better sealing freezer bags and not ziplock. I would suggest a machine that heat seals them. Good luck!
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Is steaming causing food to lose more flavor than baking?

Yes it does, and you actually already described some of the mechanisms in the question already. It is an effect that is more widely known in vegetables (roasted have more taste than steamed), but I ...
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