Plantains also are known as platanos are the less-sweet, starchier equivalent to the banana. Plantains are an extremely important staple food for people and are very popular all over the world. They are almost always cooked before eating, unlike dessert banana.
In fact, they taste pretty awful raw, so don’t be tricked by their banana-like features.
When the plantain is hard upon press and green, you know it is unripe. This unripe plantain is loaded with numerous essential minerals and vitamins such as fiber, potassium, Iron, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B complex.
Here are a few health benefits of eating unripe plantains
1. Prevents Diabetes
Unlike, ripe or overripe plantain, unripe plantain is very low in sugar and this makes it ideal for diabetes especially when combined with fiber or protein-rich food such as green vegetable.
Thus, it is a perfect meal for the prevention and management of diabetes.
2. Bone Health
Unripe plantain is rich in calcium which is an essential mineral for bone mineralization, muscles, teeth, and nails formation.
A meal with plantain will also prevent osteoporosis which causes weakening of the bone.
3. Weight Loss
Carbohydrates aren’t necessarily a bad thing for weight management like most people believe.
The starch found in plantains is a complex carbohydrate and this makes it essential for weight loss.
They keep you full and more satisfied for longer after a meal, which can mean less snacking on unhealthy foods.
4. Digestive Health
Fiber is especially important because it promotes bowel regularity.
Fiber softens your stool and increases stool’s overall size and weight
Plantain with its rich fiber content makes bowel emptying easier and reduces constipation.
5. Improves Heart Health
Unripe plantain contains some amount of serotonin which plays a role in dilating the arteries and ease blood flow.
Also, being rich in potassium makes it ideal for preventing hypertension.
Its fiber content is also helpful in reducing cholesterol level thereby reducing the risk of developing heart disease
6. Prevents anemia
Plantains are rich sources of B-complex vitamins, particularly high in vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine).
Pyridoxine is an important vitamin that has a beneficial role in the treatment of neuritis, anemia, and to decrease homocysteine (one of the causative factors for coronary artery disease (CHD) and stroke episodes) levels in the body.
7. High in antioxidants
Plantains contain roughly 32 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin C. This vitamin acts as an antioxidant and helps build up your immune system.
As an antioxidant, it protects your body against free radical damage that has been associated with aging, heart disease, and even some types of cancer.
Research Studies have found an inverse relationship between vitamin C intake and lung, breast, colon, stomach, esophagus, and other types of cancers.
Take a look at our newest recipe that has unripe plantain as the main ingredient. It’s tasty and delicious. Go get the Fish and Plantain Strips recipe.