Unripe plantains also known as green plantains are a starchy fruit that is consumed widely in many parts of the world especially in the torrid zones. They are known to be a rich source of nutrients and offer various potential medical benefits. Listed below are some of the benefits of unripe plantains;

  1. Rich in Resistant Starch: Unripe plantains are high in resistant starch, which is a type of fiber that resists digestion in the small intestine, reaching the colon where it serves as food for beneficial gut bacteria. Resistant starch has been linked to improved digestive health and reduced risk of certain diseases.
  2. Low Glycemic Index: Unripe plantains have a lower glycemic index compared to ripe ones, meaning they cause a slower and more gradual increase in blood sugar levels. Consuming low glycemic index foods such as unripe plantains may help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.
  3. Source of Nutrients: Unripe plantains contain various vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B6 and C. These nutrients help with better vision, better skin complexion, and protection of the immune system against diseases and free radicals.
  4. Weight Management: The high fiber content in unripe plantains can promote satiety and help regulate appetite that helps to support weight management.
  5. Heart Health: Good for the heart because it contains potassium which is good for maintaining body fluids that control heart rate and blood pressure. It also contains fiber that puts the sugar level under control to prevent heart diseases.
  6. Digestive Health: The fiber content in unripe plantains can aid in digestion and promote regular bowel movements, preventing constipation and supporting gastrointestinal health.
  7. Cures anemia (deficiency of red blood cells which results in tiredness and weakness): The high amount of iron in unripe plantain provides instant blood to the body.

While these benefits are supported by research, it’s crucial to consume unripe plantains as part of a balanced diet to fully reap their nutritional advantages.

 

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