The benefits of green banana for health

It is a food that stands out for its high content of fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and folic acid.

Green plantains are a fundamental part of the culinary custom of the Dominican people. Several of its flagship dishes such as mangú, mofongo or tostones are made from this food. But, have you ever wondered what the health benefits of this basic ingredient for Creole cuisine are? We investigate it for you.

Bananas are considered a complete food that provides a good supply of carbohydrates, which is perfectly compensated by its high fiber content and low fat content. For something, our players won the World Baseball Classic, based on power bananas.

Cooked bananas are nutritionally very similar in calories to a potato. However, they contain more vitamins and minerals. They are a rich source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and B-6, and the minerals magnesium and potassium.

In addition, green bananas are an extraordinary option to control sugar levels since they contain a lower percentage than ripe bananas. It also decreases its contribution in starch, which as it matures more normally turns into sucrose, glucose and fructose (simple sugars).

It stands out for being a fruit with a high content of carbohydrates, which provide quality energy for the body.

It is a food that stands out for its high content of fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and folic acid in the form of beta-carotene. But, beyond its rich flavor, there are medicinal reasons to consume green bananas that we show you below:

1. Improves cardiovascular health

One of the great qualities of green bananas is found in their extraordinary contribution in potassium, which is essential to control high blood pressure levels. At the same time, this benefits the functioning of the cardiovascular system, in such a way that heart attacks and strokes are prevented.

2. Benefits the muscular system

The outstanding contribution of potassium from green bananas is also a great ally for all muscle function, its mineral richness is involved in various chemical reactions such as muscle contraction, muscle synthesis and membrane permeability. The body needs potassium to prevent complications such as muscle weakness, cramps, neuromuscular disorders, hypotension and tachycardia.

3. They regulate intestinal transit

One of the great qualities of consuming green bananas is found in their ability to regulate and improve intestinal transit, this is due to their starch and carbohydrate content. They are a good food for recovery from diarrhea and dehydration; They also stand out for being a food that contains inulin that stands out for its great benefits on intestinal transit.

4. They optimize neurological function

Green bananas contain high levels of vitamin B6, which is essential for maintaining normal neurological functions, they are also a good ally for maintaining stable blood sugar levels, it is involved in the production of hemoglobin and breaks down proteins, in order to produce antibodies.

5. They are good for weight loss and provide satiety

Its contribution in dietary fiber and starches provides a good feeling of satiety that intervenes positively in weight loss, prevents cravings and overeating. At the same time, green bananas are the best option for those who want to lose weight, this is due to their lower content of sugars.

6. They provide quality energy

Green bananas are an ideal food to provide good energy levels to the body, consuming one at the beginning of the day helps improve physical and mental performance, they are also good for athletes and sportsmen.

7. Digestive health

Fiber is especially important because it promotes bowel regularity. Fiber softens stool and increases its size and weight. Bulky stools are much easier to pass and thus prevent constipation.

Green Banana Nutrition Facts

Calories 179

Fat 0 grams (g)

Protein 1g

Carbs 48g

Fiber 4g

Vitamin C 27mg

Potassium 739 milligrams (mg)

Vitamin A 83 micrograms (ug)

Vitamin B6 0.44mg

Magnesium 55mg

A cup of mashed cooked bananas has:

232 calories

62.3 grams of carbohydrates

1.6 grams of protein

0.4 grams of fat

4.6 grams of fiber

1,818 IU of vitamin A (36 percent)

21.8 milligrams of vitamin C (36 percent)

930 milligrams of potassium (27 percent)

0.5 milligram of vitamin B6 (24 percent)

64 milligrams of magnesium (16 percent)

1.2 milligrams of iron (6 percent)