Banana: Ripe or Unripe?

Let’s get this straight – A brown, yellow or green banana are all a good source of potassium, vitamin B-6 and fiber! But I wanted to dive into a little bit of why, what, how when choosing Ripe or Unripe Bananas.

Ripe:

My go to banana is one with brown spots, but I still seem to get comments about this – people thinking that once a banana has gone brown its bad and considered rubbish. This couldn’t be further than the truth! Believe it or not, a brown banana is a sign that the antioxidant levels have increased.

“The brown spots form when the chlorophyll in the fruit begins to break down and turn into antioxidants.” Livestrong.com

It’s also perfect when it comes to baking or creating raw deserts and smoothies as it’s super sweet and thus you don’t have to add any additional sweeteners.

When a banana is unripe, it is high in resistant starch content – but once it ripens this resistant starch changes into simple sugar and is much easier for your body to digest, making it ideal for people with digestive ailments like irritable bowel and abdominal bloating.

You must remember though that as a banana turns brown it also loses some of its micronutrients so to reduce this loss store your ripe bananas in the fridge.

Wondering what to make with overripe bananas? Don’t throw them out! Try out my peanut butter banana cake recipe.

Unripe:

I’m not a fan of unripe bananas. They have a funky taste and a waxy texture, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad for you it’s just my personal preference. An unripe banana also has its benefits.

First of all if you are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes this is the only type of bananas you should be eating as it has high resistant starch content and low sugar content. Unripe bananas also have pro-biotic bacteria which helps your colon health. Moreover, they also help you absorb nutrients better.

However, unripe bananas are low in antioxidants and can cause bloating and gas due to the starch content.

So?

In conclusion, both ripe and unripe bananas have their pros and cons. It comes down to personal preference and the way your body works and what it needs.

How do you eat your bananas?! And would you change it after reading this? Let me know in the comments section below!

Love S,

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