Why are Bananas so cool? It looks like it's a health benefit. I've been wondering why all of a sudden there's been a surge in banana toys, mascots, keychains, and plushes? We've been carrying them at the GR stores. Here's why. Bananas are in. It's part of a big weight loss diet, and now the demand for bananas are having a hard time being met in Japan. The deal is you eat a banana and drink room temperature water in the morning, eat lunch and dinner and so on. It's definitely a fad, and we'll see how long it lasts. Meanwhile, bananas have always been our friends. Read more in Time.