What is the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says ‘banana’ ?

A fully fledge breakfast .

A nutritious fruit that is prepackaged so if you’re busy or didn’t have breakfast in the morning, grab a banana, peel it, eat and toss the peel!

But it is an old wives’ tale that eating banana at night causes cold.

Well, only if banana has some superpower to produce virus in itself then it’s possible.

Common cold is a contagious viral infection and bananas have nothing to do with it.

But YES! It does increases the risk of getting common cold. The question is “HOW?”

Banana increases mucus and phlegm production so it increases fluid buildup which may cause an additional problem in respiratory stress. So it is best if you avoid bananas till the symptoms have subsided.

Bananas are rich in potassium, fibres and other minerals so it is healthy in every way!


In asthmatic patients, the airway of lungs are swollen, narrow and filled with mucus. Certain kind of food and environmental bacteria can irritate the sensitive airways and trigger an asthmatic attack. However, you can eat banana safely as it contains Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) which relaxes bronchial smooth muscles present in lungs allowing more air to pass through.

However, there are various sources that suggest that bananas creates mucus production which may also worsen the condition so it is advisable to consult a doctor for banana consumption.

All in all.. the myth or half-truth about banana is just deteriorating banana’s worth in our lives so better not believe it and start having tasty Bananas!




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