“I’ve studied bananas for close to 15 years and traveled to every continent where bananas are grown and I have never seen anyone eat a peel,” says Koeppel, author of “Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World.”
If banana expert Dan Koeppel watched the 2018 Dallas Stars, he would’ve seen it. A year ago today Alexander Radulov did the seemingly unthinkable on the bench. The eccentric Russian (not enigmatic!) sat down for a snack on the bench. His item of choice was a banana. a sensible request. Unlike most of us, Radulov did not have time to peel this ftuit before attacking it. Little buddy devoured it whole.
This astonished many people, myself included. Honestly if Sean Shapiro ever writes a sequel to his book this should be chapter 101. The man ate a whole damn banana on the bench on purpose.
Is it a coincidence that he was -2 in this game with only two shots in 21 minutes? Probably, but you at least have to wonder.
Is there any nutritional benefit to eating a whole banana?
Nutrition experts say that while there are many interesting nutrients in the banana peel, the amounts are small and, more importantly, there aren’t any studies showing that our bodies can actually absorb them.
“Just because a nutrient is in there doesn’t mean you can use it,” Levtisky explains.
If there are no nutrients, does it at least taste good?
Banana peels just don’t taste good, says Leslie Bonci, a nutrition consultant and owner of Active Eating Advice. “They’re bitter and they’re very chewy.” Beyond that, there is the problem of the toughness of the peel. You’re not going to be able to puree them for a smoothie unless you have a super high-powered blender, Bonci says.
It tastes like shit. You can’t even make a smoothie from it. It’s bitter. It’s chewy. There is no nutritional benefit. There was literally no reason for Radulov to do this, and he did. It”s one of those events that don’t matter that I’ll never forget. Athletes can get legends attached to their name that often are complete fabrications that overshadow actual feats they accomplished. In 15 years when we look back at Radulov, this would be one of those we wouldn’t believe without photographic evidence.
Radulov is the best. He may never win a scoring title or a Stanley Cup, who knows, but I know for a fact that I will never forget that he allowed me to see a grown man eat a banana whole on the bench. I’ve seen something a banana expert has never witnessed.
“Go ahead and google ‘monkey eating a banana,’ and you’ll see that even most monkeys are peeling the banana before eating it. If monkeys are smart enough to figure this out, we should be, too,” says Koeppel.
That may be the case Mr. Koeppel, but if you Google “Alexander Radulov eating a banana” you will get some hits.