Amazing Health Benefits of Plantain

Plantain relatively has more calories weight for weight than that in the fruit bananas. 100g plantain holds about 122 calories, while desert banana has only 89 calories. Indeed, they are very reliable sources of starch and energy; ensuring food security for millions of inhabitants worldwide. Fresh plantains have more potassium than bananas.

100g fruit provides 499 mg of potassium (358 mg per 100 g for bananas). Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure, countering negative effects of sodium. Plantains are rich sources of B-complex vitamins, particularly high in vitamin-B6(pyridoxine).

Pyridoxine is an important B-complex vitamin that has a beneficial role in the treatment of neuritis, anemia, and to decrease homocystine(one of the causative factors for coronary artery disease (CHD) and stroke episodes) levels in the body. In addition, the fruit contains moderate levels of folates, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin.

Vitamin A is involved in numerous bodily functions including reproduction, immunity and communication between the cells. One of the most important jobs of vitamin A is to support your eyesight and help prevent certain eye disorders. Men need 3,000 international units of vitamin A each day and women require 2,333. A 1-cup serving of cooked plantain slices supplies 1,400 international units toward these goals.

Plantains also contain resistant starch, which acts as a prebiotic, selectively nourishing the “good gut” bacteria that line the intestinal tract and protect against food borne illness. The bacterial by-products of resistant starch, called butyrates, increase fat metabolism and boost calcium absorption. Plantains are healthy foods. Both ripe and unripe.

The unripe one is great for diabetic patients while the ripe one is good for growing children.

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