People always go for the yellow and golden looking bananas but have you ever tried eating a green banana? Green bananas have lots of starch (80 percent of the fruit’s dry weight). However, most of the starch is resistant starch. When green bananas ripen, the starch is converted to sugar and this is what makes them sweet. Green bananas have some benefits that yellow or golden bananas don’t have, and they are:
Better Nutrient Absorption
Green bananas have pectin, a compound that slows down the chime movement in the small intestines, where mineral absorption takes place. This leads to better mineral absorption.
Blood Sugar Maintenance
Consuming green bananas raises your body’s sensitivity to insulin for better stabilizing of blood sugar levels. Also, green bananas have vitamin B6 that controls blood glucose especially in type 2 diabetics.
Green bananas keep the gut bacteria healthy. They also help the body to produce more short-chain fatty acids that are very important for the digestive health.
Green bananas improve heart functions. If you have low blood cholesterol, they will help your body prevent the blockage or arteries and capillaries. This function is due to potassium.
Green bananas peels have high antioxidant strength than the ripe ones. Eating unripe banana together with its peels will give you more antioxidant properties as they have more of tannins and chlorophyll.
Green bananas have 80 percent resistant starch that keeps you full while reducing your calorie consumption. Resistant starch helps the body to stop the consumption more carbohydrates and promote the use of fat as an energy source and this promotes weight loss.
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Source: Health Tips