Plantains are those things that look like bananas on steroids, but, of course, they are not. They are neither on steroids nor are they actually bananas though they are genetically linked. Confused? Read on. There are several big differences between bananas and plantains. Yes, they are both eaten but plantains are usually munched after being cooked in some fashion. They are also not as sweet as bananas even when ripe. What they do have in common with bananas is that they are packed with health-supporting nutrition and, yes, WellWell is here to lay out their benefits.
Everyone needs vitamin C for their immune system. Unfortunately, people don’t produce it naturally so alternative sources need to be found. Plantains are an excellent fount for vitamin C. In fact, a single plantain holds about half the daily recommended intake for vitamin C.
High in resistant starch, plantains don’t raise blood sugar levels. Instead, they slow down digestion, make individuals feel full and enhance “good” gut bacteria. Ultimately, their resistant starch promotes glycemic control.
An unripe plantain holds a healthy dose of manganese, potassium and leucocyanidin, all of which make it great for people who suffer from ulcers or want to keep them at bay. It is an antiulcer food warrior because it helps generate mucus in the stomach that goes a long way towards fighting ulcers.
There are small amounts of serotonin in unripe plantains, which is great for heart health. Serotonin helps dilate arteries, improves blood flow and lowers the risk of homocysteine, which can cause coronary artery disease and strokes. The potassium and fiber in plantains also help lower the risk of heart attacks and high blood pressure, while also reducing cholesterol levels.
Anyone who looks to boost vitamin B6 levels should stop at their local plantain outlet. Plantains can provide 25 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin B6, which supports brain health and stabilizes moods.
Think of plantains first when looking for a substitute for potatoes and other starchy vegetables. Their mild flavor and texture make them extremely versatile for chefs and are also a great option for paleo-friendly and gluten-free recipes.
The allantoin compound found in plantains lends to some substantial germicidal and antibacterial qualities, when applied directly to wounds, plantains not only help kill germs, but they also promote faster healing and skin cell regeneration.
Bananas can’t hold a candle to plantains when it comes to potassium, which is essential for maintaining healthy heart rates and blood pressure. Plantains simply hold more, which is important because potassium overcomes sodium’s impact and enables muscles to function normally.
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