Antimatter is the antithesis of actual matter, the things that makeup everything we see and feel around us. Antimatter lives in subatomic particles containing an opposite electric charge called a positron so naturally, when matter is exposed to antimatter the result is explosive, to say the least. This happens with bananas, albeit to a much lesser degree, and it occurs naturally with various trace elements within our planet. Radioactive decay is the process by which the elements break down and while doing so they emit a positron otherwise known as antimatter. As you might have guessed potassium is one such trace element that produces antimatter. There is enough potassium in one banana to give off 15 to 20 particles of antimatter per day.
Weird right? What if I told you that it’s not just bananas but there are other foods that produce antimatter too. If you have ever eaten spinach, white beans, apricots, avocados, mushrooms, and many others. If food has trace elements and produces radioactive decay, there’s a good chance you’ve eaten antimatter at some point. Before I scare anyone into avoiding their favorite foods it’s important to note that this decaying process happens within our own bodies too. You would also have to consume over 200 bananas a day for years before dying of radiation poisoning. Every day we are exposed to background radiation from this same process happening in the Earth all around us. Who knows what we’ll find as we continue to explore the mysteries of science, I for one am looking forward to seeing if more discoveries are edible.