Bananas are cultivated in more than 120 countries throughout the tropics and subtropics, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) current statistics. In terms of total production the banana ranks after oranges, grapes, and apples, but when plantain production becomes the world's number one fruit crop. While commercial production of bananas is oriented to the fresh export trade destined mainly for temperate-zone markets, plantains and even unripe bananas-consumed boiled, fried, roasted, or even brewed-are a major staple food throughout the world. The fruits are picked when they are unripe and starch-rich, but when they ripen the starch turns into simple sugars (sucrose, glucose and fructose).Plantain juice is used as an antidote for snake bite. Studies in rats demonstrate effectiveness for stone lysis. The roots can arrest hemoptysis and possess strongly astringent and an thelmentic properties. Musa paradisiaca is available in tincture or capsule No toxicities and contraindication are reported in human yet.
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