Recent advances in banana (Musa spp.) biofortification to alleviate vitamin A deficiency

July 19, 2018

Delphine Amah, Angeline van Biljon, Allan Brown, Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Rony Swennen & Maryke Labuschagne. Recent advances in banana (Musa spp.) biofortification to alleviate vitamin A deficiency. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. Received 21 May 2018, Accepted 27 Jun 2018, Accepted author version posted online: 12 Jul 2018. Author Affiliations Department of Plant Sciences (Plant Breeding), University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, […]

It turns out ripe and unripe bananas have different health benefits — here’s what you need to know

July 12, 2018

Read the original article by Jessica Booth on the Insider. While some people like their bananas green, others love a mushy brown banana. But is there really a difference between the two? Surprisingly yes — and you could be picking the ripeness of the banana you eat based on your health. This revelation started with […]

A new ASU and Dole study

Study Finds Banana Compounds Mimic Ibuprofen, Act as Cox-2 Inhibitor

April 06, 2018

In a new study published March 22 in PLOS ONE, banana metabolites were found to inhibit COX-2 mRNA expression, the same target as ibuprofen. The study, “Metabolic recovery from heavy exertion following banana compared to sugar beverage or water only ingestion: A randomized, crossover trial,” contrasted banana ingestion during exercise to water alone or a […]

Innovative Banana Breeding to Improve Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa

September 28, 2017

North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC – Sept. 26, 2017-  Dr. Robert Reid, Research Assistant Professor with UNC Charlotte’s Bioinformatics Services Division at the North Carolina Research Campus, has been awarded a $25,000 grant through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the “Improvement of Banana for the Smallholder Farmers in the Great Lakes Region […]

What’s in a Superfood?

December 16, 2015

By Kara Marker, NCRC Marketing You’ve probably heard the term “superfood” in reference to certain fruits, vegetables, and grains, but what exactly does it mean in terms of nutrition? These foods are usually given this title because they have large amounts of nutrients that naturally prevent disease and boost longevity.  Here at the North Carolina […]

Metabolomics-Based Analysis of Banana and Pear Ingestion on Exercise Performance and Recovery

November 12, 2015

Metabolomics-Based Analysis of Banana and Pear Ingestion on Exercise Performance and Recovery, Journal of Proteome Research, November 12, 2015. David C. Nieman,*,† Nicholas D. Gillitt,‡ Wei Sha,§ Mary Pat Meaney,† Casey John,† Kirk L. Pappan,# and Jason M. Kinchen# †Human Performance Laboratory, Appalachian State University, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, North Carolina 28081, United States […]

A Banana Peel a Day Keeps the . . .

October 15, 2015

What you need to know about some zany food claims by Jennifer Anju Grossman Read the original article on Healthzette. “Banana peels are good for you.” “Better to nosh on the peel than the actual fruit, which contains lots of fructose.” “Banana peels are the best weight-loss weapon ever.” Most busy people have no idea […]

Dole Organic Pineapple Promotion Helps Support Organic Farmers Worldwide

March 05, 2015

Read the original article on WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Dole has launched a month-long promotion that enlists its wholesale and retail customers to support organic farmers worldwide. Starting March 1, 2015, the leading fresh fruit and vegetable provider will donate $1 for every box of DOLE® Organic Pineapples purchased by a wholesaler or retailer […]