I read the post by Sistah Yanga Arute Mercy about storing green plantains and my first reaction was to recall that I do not like green plantains. But, as a WAG, we are changing and therefore must change consciously the way we do things and the things we eat. So I did some research to find out the benefits of eating green plantains. Here is a summary of what I found. I am motivated to start eating green plantains. I hope you also will gain from the following information.
These are at least 10 health benefits which you will get from eating unripe plantain.
1. It enriches the heart
Unripe plantain contains some amount of serotonin which dilates the arteries, improves blood flow and reduces homocysteine (a condition that causes coronary artery disease and stroke).
Its richness in potassium makes it heart friendly by preventing heart attack and hypertension through controlling heart rate and blood pressure in our body and cell. Also, its fibre content is great for reducing cholesterols level which reduces the risk of developing any heart diseases.
2. It can treat anaemia and neuritis
Its presence of vitamin B6 can help in with neuritis (inflammation of the nerve), and anaemia: a medical condition where someone is having low red blood cells in the blood, which causes weakness.
3. It’s a great meal for weight loss and healthy eating
It’s relatively low in carbohydrates, with high fibre content, essential vitamins and minerals. Pair with vegetables and low fat sauce.
4. Eating unripe plantain helps with the circulatory and digestive system
5. Its source of vitamin A, B6 and C helps with better vision, better skin complexion, builds immunity against diseases and free radicals.
6. It helps with bowel movement.
Its richness in fibre makes bowel movement easier which also reduce constipation.
7. It makes a great meal for diabetics
Unripe plantain is very low in sugar compared to ripe or overripe plantain and this makes it a good choice for diabetes especially when added with other fibre and protein-rich food such as green vegetables.
8. It helps builds and strengthens stronger bones
Unripe Plantain is rich in calcium which is the essential mineral needed for stronger bones, muscles, nails and teeth.
9. It can prevent ulcer
Unripe plantain contains phytochemical properties such as leucocyanidin which can prevent ulcer.
10. It boosts sexual performance
Unripe plantain can be roasted or boiled. It can be dried and milled into a flour. It can also be sliced thinly and fried. Just like a healthy salad can become quite unhealthy with a heavy dressing, the benefits of green plantains can be compromised by pairing with unhealthy food items. If you fry, use a healthy oil such as olive oil. Be adventurous in your cooking. Open up your palate and explore recipes and make up your own using flavours you like. Try pairing with green leafy vegetables, garlic, ginger etc. Enjoy living well.