Green bananas are used in many places in Latin America and can be prepared in different ways. Boiled, cooked or fried, serves as a complement to many dishes.
At nutritional level, green bananas are an excellent source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene, in addition to other vitamins like B6 and minerals like iron.
In addition to providing a lot of energy to your body, they bring health benefits like some that we will mention below.
1. Green bananas improve and regulate your heart rate
Thanks to its high potassium content, eating green bananas helps your heart to have a normal heart rate
This is because this nutrient helps your body to regulate blood pressure, so it protects your heart from possible damage that could cause arrhythmias.
In many cases the heart weakens, and is more prone to problems such as heart attacks.
A medium-sized green banana may contain approximately 400 mg of potassium, a large daily contribution if we consider that the amount stipulated for adults is 4700 mg (for children ranges from 3800 to 4500 mg).
2. Combat gastritis and other stomach problems
Green bananas are rich in starches. These are great protectors of the gastric mucosa. For this reason, they are an appropriate food when you suffer from problems such as:
However, in these cases it is important that you prepare them properly and avoid eating them fried.
The grease used to prepare them in this way will eventually cancel out all the positive effects they may have.
Eating them boiled and seasoned with a little salt and olive oil is the most recommended option.
Symptoms of Gastritis
3. Fight against intestinal diseases
Its starch content, a type of highly fermentable fiber, is very beneficial for good bacteria that help the function of your colon, as it provides a regulatory and prebiotic effect.
Eating green bananas will help you regenerate the intestinal flora
It is advisable to include them in your diet if you have just finished an antibiotic treatment that may have weakened your intestinal flora.
They are also of great help in case of intestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease or colitis.
4. Improve your defenses
Like garlic, green bananas are magnificent carriers of vitamin B6. This is necessary for your immune system to function properly, especially in older people.
Many diseases that come with the years often cause inflammation that degenerates to tryptophan, so the body needs an increased amount of vitamin B6 to be well.
Since vitamin B6 is water-soluble, it is advisable to steam them to keep as much as possible.
5. Regulate hypertension
Potassium is very important for your body to be well, not just because it benefits your arteries. In addition, it helps in the process of contracting the muscles, which is very important when it comes to the heart.
When you suffer from hypertension, it is best to increase the intake of potassium, magnesium and calcium.
The green banana will make a great contribution of potassium and magnesium, so consuming it is a great idea.
Pay special attention if you take medicines for hypertension, since they usually increase potassium elimination.
6. Reduce cholesterol
A green banana of approximately 200 grams can provide up to 5 grams of protein making it an excellent choice to reduce high cholesterol levels.
This is good if you want to avoid problems like obesity, diseases associated with type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.
7. Prevent obesity
Overweight and obesity
Starches contained in green bananas provide a prolonged satiety after eating them, as well as foods that do not contain any fat.
If you are looking to lose weight, then you can include green bananas to your meals, although in moderate amounts (you should remember that they are also rich in carbohydrates).
You can eat them boiled, mashed and even steamed if you prefer.