Recently I have become a fan of plantains, perhaps because I can now buy them organically @ Mom’s Organics or maybe because they are related to bananas, which I like.
Here’s a blurb from foodrepublic.com. (Go to the site for the whole article.)
“Plantains are members of the banana family, but they are starchier and lower in sugar, which means that when they are ripe, they will still be green in color. If you get them when they are overripe, they may have started to turn yellow or black. While a banana makes a great, raw on-the-go-snack, plantains aren’t usually eaten raw because of the high starch content.”
Then I searched for info on the Internet and came up with an article by www.Dr.Axe.com entitled, “7 Reasons to add Plantains to Your Diet,” and I was hooked. Briefly, here are the 7 reasons. Go to the complete article for excellent additional information:
- Plaintains are a great source of potassium (913 mg. of potassium in one cup cooked, mashed plantains. Potassium combats the (negative) effects of too much sodium in our diets, linked to high blood pressure.
- Plaintains help to regulate the digestive system. They are a high-fiber food with one cup providing almost 1/5 of the daily recommendations of 25-30 grams.
- Plaintains reduce the number of harmful free radicals, which are made when your body breaks down food or when you are exposed to harmful substances such as tobacco smoke or radiation.
- Plaintains boost the immune system. they contain 36% of the daily recommendation of vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that, along with vitamin C, help keeps illness at bay.
- Plaintains contain vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), which generates important transmitters that carry information from one cell to another. One serving of plantains can provide as much as 24% of your daily B6 needs.
- Plantains are a great source of magnesium, which is deficient in our diets because of depleted soil due to overfarming. Magnesium helps to regulate blood pressure and also helps to prevent or treat osteoporosis, migraine headaches, insomnia and depression.
- Plantains help prevent aspirin-induced ulcers. According to a study in a research journal, dried plantain can stimulate the growth of the stomach’s inner lining.
In my next posting, I will have a simple recipe for a Coconut Plantain snack or dessert, pictured below.