Bananas Saved My Mom In World War II

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
April 26, 2008 2:14pm CST
My mom and her siblings were POWs in the East Indies. A bowl of rice with salt is what they ate each day. My Grandma risked her life to "purchase" bananas from local merchants who in turn risked their lives trying to help the POWs. Most of the kids inside the camp were dying of food poisoning and extreme cases of well . . . diarrhea. My Grandma took the banana peel and skinned the white stuff from inside of it and fed them to my mom and other kids. It safed their lives. Completely took care of their tummy problems. Do you know of other medicinal purposes of the banana? I know there are many.
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@williamjisir (22905)
• China
26 Apr 08
Hello gtargirl. I am glad to know that bananas saved your mom during those hard years in World War II. I also like bananas, but I can not often consume them because of too much acid in my stomach. In fact, I have not had bananas for a long time though I miss them sometimes.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Apr 08
How come you have so much acid in your stomach, William? Maybe you eat too much oranges. Ah well, thanks for dropping by, my friend. Have a pleasant week.
• China
28 Apr 08
Well, I did not take good care of my stomach during my early thirties. When it was time to have a meal, I did not go and always worked in the office till I got very hungry. This way, my stomach was spoiled. Now it is getting better if I do not have food or fruit that does not agree with my stomach. Then there will be no acid coming up from the stomach. I have to be careful with my stomach. Though I like bananas, I cannot eat more than three. I seldom eat oranges, but I often drink orange juice and I don't find my stomach acid because of drinking of orange juice. It is my favorite drink. Thanks for your further response, dear friend.
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Apr 08
Bananas contain potassium which is essential to our health and prevents leg cramps at night. when I have bananas in myhome I always eat one every day to prevent those miserable leg cramps at night. the leg cramps are due to lack of enough potassium and the bananas provide that potassium in enough quantity to prevent those cramps and the awful pain associated with the cramps.
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• United States
26 Apr 08
thank you! I love that knowing a bannana can help with leg cramps!
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
26 Apr 08
No kidding. That is good to know. Nothing worse than being awakened by those leg cramps. Thanks, Hatley.
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@fec139 (803)
• United States
27 Apr 08
when i was a kid and had a stomach virus or any other intestinal distress, we stuck to the BRAT diet....Bananas,Rice,Apples, and Tea. also bananas are high in potassium, so they are good to eat if you have high blood pressure, and if you are an athlete to combat muscle aches.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I'll have to remember the BRATT diet for the next time my kids have a stomach virus. Not that I'm looking forward to that. I will add that it combats high blood pressure to my list of benefits. Thanks for the wonderful input, my friend.
• United States
26 Apr 08
Thank you for including the link to your blog. I read them and they are just amazing. Your Grandma was a blessing. Thank you for sharing her story.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
26 Apr 08
You're most welcome, Cheryl. And thanks for reading the blog.
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• United States
26 Apr 08
wow is all I can say! this is such an amazing story. So basically bannanas can help with a upset tummy. What a wonderful woman. God bless your grandmother ,how brave she was!. How long were they POWS?
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Thanks Sophia. Yes, my Grandma and many women like her were quite brave and amazing. Many grandkids, me included, are writing their stories. I guess we want our kids to know. Anyway, yes it's true, bananas help with upset tummies. If you read KCook's comment above, she has even more info. Thanks for dropping by, my friend. I surely appreciate it. Enjoy the weekend.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
27 Apr 08
Wow, what a story, that is wonderful that the merchants had risked their lives for your family.. As for medicinal purposes, I only know that bananas are good for you..But I do have a health and beauty tip for bananas, if that counts: Banana mask Ingredients: 1 ripe banana 1 tablespoon rose water Method: Mash banana and add in rose water. Application: Apply as often as you can. Wash with lukewarm water after 30 minutes. If used regularly it gives your skin a firm texture.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
27 Apr 08
OH, I love that banana mask recipe. How awesome is that? I will copy that down, if you don't mind. I even have rose water in the pantry. Firm skin is what I need, my friend. Thanks so much.
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• United States
28 Apr 08
I haven't tried it because I have no rose water..Is this rose water the same thing they use in some cooking? Because I was looking into buying some soon for making turkish delight, like they had in Narnia..
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
29 Apr 08
Turkish delight! I remember that. The one from Narnia tastes like whatever you're favorite food is, right? Or something like that. We have a bottle of Rose Stroop from Holland. Just add water and it tastes like the sweetest rose. It's delicious actually. Sometimes we use soday water and put all sorts of weird Indonesian fruit in it. LOL. Anyway you can probably buy them in any Asian supermaket.
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@winterose (39922)
• Canada
27 Apr 08
oh my what a wonderful story, I am sure you can make a longer story from this and sell it for money. It is just so precious. Your grandmother was a wonderful woman, an earth angel. What happened to her?
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@winterose (39922)
• Canada
27 Apr 08
I think it is a wonderful story and should be written, for the world to see, even if there are parts missing it would be a way to honor your grandmother.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
27 Apr 08
Thanks for sharing your story about your grandmother how she risked her life to purchase bananas. I've also heard that they are good for people who are depressed and also good for energy as well.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I'm going to have to agree with BCMike who stated that the banana has been called the perfect food. It is quite amazing to me. I guess we should all eat a banana a day. For me, going through "the change" I will have to consider adding bananas to my diet and take care of those depression bouts. Little bouts, but nonetheless . . . Anyway, thanks Terri for your input.
@GardenGerty (96670)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Apr 08
The many minerals in bananas make them healthful in many ways. They are known for having potassium, and they also have magnesium. They benefit the heart, and they support the contraction of smooth muscles, both voluntary and involuntary. They help ease charley horses for my husband, for instance. Bananas for many people help stop diarrhea, they are part of the classic "BRATT" diet for people who are recovering from stomach distress.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Apr 08
No wonder my mom and all those kids made it through their ordeal as POWs. The wonder of that little yellow fruit. It's beneficial for the heart and muscles etc.? Amazing. Now if it could only help me lose weight. Anyhow, thanks for your awesome input, GG.
• United States
26 Apr 08
wow i didn't know a banana could be used so helpfully
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Stick around, my friend. I am sure a lot more info will pop up here. MyLotians are pretty smart.
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• Philippines
27 Apr 08
You're right. Banana truly is a wonder fruit. Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet. So maybe it's time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I've been doing a half an hour on the treadmill each day. I am going to add a banana before working out now. Thanks for the tip. I think you are right, we should change the saying to "A Banana A Day Keeps the Doctor Away." Perfect!!
• Philippines
28 Apr 08
Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! lol. I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit indeed!!!
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I do know they are full of patasiunm and wtg to go grand ma good for her
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Apr 08
You are pretty amazing yourself, Lakota.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
28 Apr 08
awwwwwwwwwww ty hugs
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
28 Apr 08
what a great story! perhaps a book of such times would be a success. I did not know this about bananas, using it with peel and white fibre... though I did know they are useful with diarrhea I thought they just served to bind up the *stuff* bananas are full vitamin K / potassium and great for the heart.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
14 May 08
Ever since I've posted this discussion my son and I have added a banana a day to our diet. We have heart disease in our family so eating a banana a day makes me feel a little better. Thanks Modestah. Hope you have a wonderful day.
• United States
27 Apr 08
Wow, I don't know any medicinal uses for bananas. However, as a historian, I urge you to write down this story and all the others related to your family being POWs. They need to be preserved for future generations.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Apr 08
You're right, Rosetta. I have started to blog about it. Research is not my forte but it should be every writer's best friend, I guess. Mom has a hard time remembering dates and events in order plus, as one could imagine, it's hard to relive. But it is very important history to pass to future generations. When I started to write their story I began seeing my grandma and mom in a very different light. I even understood some of their annoying habits like they can't stand to throw food away. Anyhow, I am writing it all down. Thanks for the encouragement. Here's what I got so far if you ever find a few minutes to read . . . http://1942blog.blogspot.com
@lingli_78 (12846)
• Australia
27 Apr 08
God's creation is wonderful, isn't it??? not only bananas have so many uses, coconuts too... i used to learn when i am in primary school that every part of the coconut can be used for something and it is very true... i never stop being amazed of God's creation... it is just so amazing and wonderful... we as the human beings are the highest creation of God and we should be much better than God's other creation... do you agree???
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I think that if we started writing down a list of fruit and veggies and all their benefits we would see how creative God really is. Not too mention how clever . . . providing us with all this perfect food.
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
27 Apr 08
Wow! Your grandma was really great. I know banana have a lot of health benefits. One of the benefits is for people who has a lot of gas in their stomach or ulcer, eat half ripe banana before meal. It will reduces the gas and treat the ulcer.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I seriously am compiling an awesome list of all the benefits the banana gives us. Thanks for adding to that list. And thanks for the comment about my Grandma. She was extraordinary.