I guess tonight is BANANARAMA!
All you 3-4 banana people are bananas - I don’t know how you do it! I can’t stomach the 7 bananas.
Here’s some ripe v unripe banana facts:
* Unripened/Green Bananas.
1.) Unripe bananas contain about 20-25% more starch than ripe bananas. What are the pros and cons?
* The Cons - this can make the unripened banana hard to digest.
* The Pros - your body has to break down the starch itself, thereby causing your blood sugar to rise more slowly than it would in an ripened (or yellow) banana.
2.) Unripe bananas relieve constipation. What are the pros and cons?
* The Cons - if you eat too many, it could give you the runs!
* The Pros - at least you’ll finally be able to go!
3.) The unripened banana can be grounded up and used to make Banana flour! What are the pros and cons?
* The Cons - there are no cons in this instance.
* The Pros - banana flour is three times richer in minerals than wheat flour, and is a great gluten-free product.
* Ripened/Yellow Bananas.
1.) A ripened banana has only 1-2% starch. What are the pros and cons?
* The Cons - although low in starch, the chemical process involved converts those starches into sugars. Thereby, causing your blood sugar to rise a little faster than it’s unripened (or green) peer.
* The Pros - not only is it easier to digest, the “nutrient content does change slightly as the fruit ripens.” “As a banana ripens, it’s level of antioxidants (which decreases the damages free radicals can do to your cells) increase somewhat.” - so stated Dr. David L. Katz, MD.
2.) The ripened banana relieves diarrhea. What are the pros and cons?
* Cons - although some disagree, eating too many bananas can cause constipation.
* Pros - hey, it keeps you from running back and forth to the little girls/boys room.
Even with a side by side comparison, I have to agree with Dr. David L. Katz, MD that all of this is so insignificant since both ripe (or yellow) and unripe (or green) bananas are rich sources of:
1.) magnesium (which helps bones absorb calcium and remain strong)
2.) folate (forms of the water soluble B9 vitamin that is vital for fighting birth defects)
5.) vitamin C
6.) vitamin B6
So in conclusion, I think the true debate lies with personal taste. Whether their raw, (fried - in moderation ), unripe (green), or ripe (yellow), their both good for you. So have a banana, it’s good for you!
* A Safety Note: be sure to talk with your physician or a nutritionist to see just how little or how much you are able to consume.