Have you ever wondered where those people who sell uniformly ripened bananas on wheelbarrows and grocery stalls source them from?
This tendency can be seen at Airport North-Ring road roundabouts and other markets within Nairobi and many other towns in Kenya.
Friends, we all love bananas and we eat a lot of them, but the bananas available in the market are forced to ripen by dipping in water mixed with Carbide.
The consumption of these bananas is 100% sure to cause Cancer or some other infections in the stomach.
Therefore, such type of bananas should be avoided. But, how does one recognize bananas ripened with the help of Carbide?
Bananas which are ripened naturally are dark yellow and there are small black spots here and there on the bananas and the stalks are black.
While those which are forced ripen with Carbide are lemon yellow and their stalks are green and moreover they are clear yellow without any black spots.
Carbide is a chemical which if mixed with water, emits heat and the heat emitted by a Close tank mixed with Carbide is even more than that emitted by a LPG Cylinder, so much so it can be used for Gas Cutting (which means the calorific value is so high that it can replace LPG gas).
In the same way, when the bunch of bananas is dipped in the water mixed with Carbide, the gas gets absorbed into the bananas and they get ripe.
However, the banana vendors are not that literate and so they do not know the exact proportion of Carbide to be used for a dozens of bananas.
As a result, they end up using excess quantity of Carbide which gets absorbed into the bananas and ultimately enters our system.
Due to this excess use of Carbide, tumors can be formed in our digestive system.
So, next time you purchase bananas, make sure you select the naturally ripened ones.
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