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Japan Running Out of Bananas, Banana Dieters Upset

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Fewer Japanese people can get skinny these days. With bananas the hot new diet trend, it's hard to keep them stocked. Over the last year, the Japanese division of Dole has increased shipments by 25-percent, but still fails to keep up.

The Banana Diet regimen includes: a raw banana and glass of room-temperature water for breakfast, then basically anything thereafter, except sweets and limited alcohol.

Once Asian celebrities started endorsing the banana diet, the yellow fruit got hot. If you're eating a banana right now, you're probably not in Japan.

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