Fact Check: Can bananas prevent from Covid-19?

Quick Take

A video doing rounds on social media claims that bananas can keep coronavirus away. We fact-checked the same and found that the claim is false.

The Claim

“Having a banana a day keeps the Coronavirus away,” claims the video that also mentions that “researchers in Queensland university” have unearthed the fact. The video is highly shared on Facebook and can be seen here, here, here, here, and here. A screengrab from the video is given below.

Fact Check

Is the video real?

No. The video is made by taking clips from multiple other videos like ABC Australia and Wall Street Journal.

Have researchers confirmed that bananas can prevent you from Covid-19?

No. There is no such research that shows bananas can keep Coronavirus away. The reference to the researchers in Queensland University, in this case, is false, and the portion of the video that shows the researchers have been picked up from other news reports.

Are bananas healthy otherwise?

Yes. Bananas are a fairly nutritious fruit.

Apart from a high amount of fibre and antioxidants, bananas also contain a lot of important vitamins and minerals required by our body. A banana is a good source of Potassium, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C.

Bananas cannot prevent you from Covid-19 but can surely be a good source of dietary nutrients.

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