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Health Benefits of Green Bananas (Matoke)

Green bananas may provide some additional nutrients and benefits that yellow bananas do not. They're rich in resistant starch and pectin, which are filling, improve digestive health and help lower blood sugar levels. However, some people find that green bananas have a bitter taste and bad texture.

Boiled bananas can help your health: They can help your digestion. Green bananas, in particular, have been shown to help with diarrhea. Bananas are also packed with fiber, prebiotics, and probiotics, all of which help with digestion.

Raw banana and boiled peanuts: These two foods contain beneficial antioxidants that can reverse side effects of quick weight loss like brittle and thin hair, dull skin, and poor digestion.

Vitamin B6 found in green bananas aids in controlling blood glucose, especially in people with type 2 diabetes. It also helps in suppressing insulin release into the blood and helps stabilize your blood sugar levels due to high levels of fiber in it. Include green bananas in the boiled form for best results.

A banana's effect on blood sugar depends on its ripeness. Green (unripe) bananas contain resistant starch, which doesn't raise blood sugar levels and may improve long-term blood sugar management. Yellow, ripe bananas contain more sugar than green ones, so they may cause a bigger rise in your blood sugar level.

Green bananas used in the study had an iron and phytate content of 0.468±0.035 mg and 0.36±0.007 mg per 100 g of banana (dry basis), respectively. Cooked bananas had significantly higher iron content than raw bananas and phytate content was similar in all the banana samples.

But it's best to avoid eating bananas for dinner, or after dinner. It may lead to mucus formation, and indigestion. Nutritionist recommends that one should have bananas before workouts to get some energy, but never at night.

Bananas are a sugary fruit, so eating too many and not maintaining proper dental hygiene practices can lead to tooth decay. They also do not contain enough fat or protein to be a healthy meal on their own, or an effective post-workout snack. Eating bananas becomes significantly risky only if you eat too many.

Bananas may cause gas and bloating in some people due to their sorbitol and soluble fiber contents. This seems to be more likely among people with digestive issues or who aren't used to eating a fiber-rich diet.

While banana has a good reputation in the realm of health and nutrition, it is made up of 25% sugar. Although the sugars are natural, when paired with the moderately acidic nature of bananas will give a quick sugar boost, resulting in a crash around mid-morning.

Bananas are the secret to a well-nourished skin as it helps keep it hydrated. It also helps moisturize dry skin, making it soft and supple. Vitamin A in banana restores the skin's moisture and smoothens out the rough texture by healing dry and parched skin.

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