the world of fruit encyclopedia


We go bananas over the old banana!

At boost we love ‘em. It’s that thing that just holds everything together so nicely.

Who knew?

  • Bananas don’t grow on trees – they’re actually massive plants, classified as a herb.
  • There are more than 500 varieties of banana.
  • If monkeys eat too many un-ripe bananas their tongue and eyes will turn green.
  • 10 or more bananas growing together are known as a ‘hand’, and individually can be called ‘fingers’.
  • In 2001, there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain, most involving people slipping on skins.
  • In Eastern Africa you can buy banana beer, that is brewed from bananas. (We tried it in the test kitchen, however it never made it to Boost as the product development manager was too busy hugging the toilet seat).

why it’s good for you…

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose. Combined with our old (but certainly not constipated) friend fibre, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Athletes love ‘em – apparently just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90 minute workout.

Not only that, they say it can help to overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses – here’s only a handful of them – depression, PMS, amenia, blood pressure, warts, constipation… say no to laxatives!

hangovers

One of the quickest ways of curing is to make a banana milkshake or, (to shamelessly plug our product) run/crawl into your nearest Boost store and grab a Banana Buzz Low Fat Smoothie! The banana helps calm the stomach, and with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

ok, now we’re going to steal apple’s thunder…

When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.

It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around (post cyclonic weather!). So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

famous bananas

  • Bananas in Pyjamas
  • Bananarama
  • Banana George – 91 Year old Barefoot Water Skier

Get your banana fix at Boost with a… 

  • Mango Magic Low Fat Smoothie
  • Strawberry Squeeze Low Fat Smoothie
  • Blueberry Blast Low Fat Smoothie
  • Banana Buzz Low Fat Smoothie
  • Banana Lychee Low Fat Smoothie
  • King William Chocolate Low Fat Smoothie
  • Tropical Pina Colada
  • Energy Lift Super Smoothie
  • Gym Junkie Super Smoothie
  • Breakie to GoGo Super Smoothie
  • Energiser Juice
  • Tropical Crush

Blueberries – our favourite tasty little things, packed full of good stuff! Don’t be deceived by their size!

Who knew…

  • Blueberries are native to North America – they’re the world’s leading blueberry producer, accounting for 90% of the world’s production.
  • Blueberries are related to Azaleas, camellias & heathers
  • Early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk.
  • In Sweden, dried blueberries are used to treat childhood diarrhoea.
  • The blueberry muffin is the official muffin of Minnesota, USA.
  • The USA is so crazy about blueberries, July is National Blueberry Month!
  • US President Ronald Reagan was particularly keen on blueberries – so much so, the Blueberry flavoured Jelly Bellie was created just for him!

Why they’re good for you…

Blueberries rank high in antioxidant benefits compared to 40 other fresh fruit and veggies. Antioxidants help neutralise harmful by-products called “free radicals” that can lead to cancer and other diseases. Some research in the USA has revealed that blueberries can also lower cholesterol better than prescription drugs!

Blueberries also have the same compounds found in Cranberries for treating and preventing urinary tract infections.

Preliminary research suggests that blueberries may protect against the effects of age-related deterioration of the brain, such as short-term memory loss, and may improve memory, coordination and balance!

They say that blueberries may also improve eyesight due to the very high concentration of anthocyanin, a natural compound linked with heaps of health benefits.

Famous Blueberries…

  • Marshall County (USA) holds a Miss Blueberry beauty pageant every year.
  • Heathers (the movie) as distant cousin

Get your blueberry fix at Boost with…

  • All Berry Bang Low Fat Smoothie
  • Blueberry Blast Low Fat Smoothie
  • Berry Crush
  • Berry Berry Light Skinny Smoothie
  • Wild Berry Juice

Beetroot… Beets have been used as food and medicine since ancient times. Around 800 BC, an Assyrian text describes beets growing in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. We consider it a wonder of the Boost world.

Who knew…

  • The Romans considered beet juice to be an aphrodisiac. So that’s why we’re all loved up…
  • Since the 16th century, beet juice has been used as a natural red dye. It was even used as a hair dye.
  • In Australia, pickled beets are commonly put on hamburgers.
  • Beets are sometimes used to make homemade wine.
  • The Beetroot Diet involves followers eating beetroot three times a day. The Warwickshire County Cricket Club adopted the Beetroot Diet in 2004 and won the county championship that season!
  • The world’s heaviest beetroot weighed 23.4kg (51.48lb) and was grown by Ian Neale from Somerset in 2001.
  • Catherine Zeta Jones is reported to have become addicted to beetroot after eating it while pregnant with her two children.

Famous beetroots….

The Bloody Beetroots  “ONE, TWO, WOOP WOOP!” (Google it if we’ve lost you)

Why it’s good for you…

  • Beetroot contains betaine, which in other forms is used to help treat depression, and trytophan, the feel good chemical in chocolate
  • They are very powerful cleansers and builders of the blood.
  • It is known that the more vibrant the colours of fruit and vegetables, the more they have to offer in terms of nutrients. So beets are right up there! They are high antioxidants that work to protect the body against damaging free radicals (cancer causing nasties).
  • The beet is low in Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium and in high in Fibre, Folate, Potassium, Manganese, Vitamin C, Iron and Magnesium.

Get your Beet fix at Boost with…

  • Five A Day Juice