And while bananas are arguably well-loved because of their great taste, the fact that they also pack a nutritional punch probably doesn’t harm their popularity, either. For one thing, they’re a good source of potassium, which can help reduce blood pressure by easing the dilation and relaxation of blood vessels.
Furthermore, bananas provide us with fiber to keep the digestive system running smoothly. But that’s not all: the fruit is also thought to help ward off health conditions as varied as cancer, diabetes, asthma and heart disease as well as high blood pressure.
Yet while all of these benefits are said to come from the fruit itself, that doesn’t mean that the stringy parts of a banana are useless. Indeed, these strands – scientifically known as phloem bundles – serve a very particular purpose when it comes to the fruit’s growth.