While we wait for bananas to ripen to enjoy their natural sweetness, it turns out that unripe green bananas are a treasure trove of nutrients. Eating these bananas helps control blood sugar, maintain gut health, and prevent overeating.
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What is the difference between green bananas and yellow ones?
Of course, not just the color. As a rule, bringing unripe bananas from the store, we rush to hide them in a dark place so that they “reach” or ripen. That is, until a bright yellow color appears, signaling maturity. But it turned out that by then most of the resistant starch (RS) they contain has been converted into sugar and can cause a sharp rise in blood sugar. Conversely, cooking and eating green bananas results in a spicier flavor, greater health benefits, and a varied diet.
“When the body has to break down starch on its own (as it does with a green banana), blood sugar levels rise more slowly,” nutrition expert Dr. David L. Katz tells oprah.com . The slow digestion and absorption makes green bananas an ideal meal for diabetics. Gradually reducing your carb and fiber content also helps you feel full longer, eliminating unnecessary snacking and possible weight gain.
What other health benefits do green bananas have?
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Unripe bananas are also a rich source of prebiotics. According to a study published in the journal Advances in Nutrition, the high starch content helps nourish the good bacteria in the gut, which keeps the immune system and digestive tract functioning properly.
Now that you know the benefits of eating unripe bananas, you’re probably wondering how to prepare them to get all those benefits. Experts from the Delish.com portal suggest cooking green bananas in the same way as, for example, potatoes: mashed, fried or added to stews. And of course, whatever stage of ripeness you choose for bananas, there’s no denying that this tropical fruit is a tasty and healthy snack you can enjoy any time of the day!
The material is for informational purposes only. Before using the site’s recommendations and advice, a full-time consultation with your doctor is necessary.
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