PLANTAINS FRUIT HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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Health Benefits

Plantains are best described as green counterparts of rich, ripe yellow bananas and are actually a natural super food that many people are unaware of! Although they look similar to bananas, they are actually quite different. In many tropical regions, they are considered a staple and a reliable source of starch in many households. Plantains also provide a wide variety of health and nutritional benefits which make them my super food of the week!

·        Plantains are great sources of a variety of vitamins and minerals including:

·        Plantains contain a high amount of dietary fibre which helps ensure healthy bowels and reduces constipation.

·        Plantains have more vitamin C than bananas. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen- free radicals.

Fresh plátanos have more vitamin C than bananas. 100 g provide 18.4 mg or 31% of daily required levels of this vitamin. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals. However, boiling and cooking destroys much of this vitamin in plantains.

Plantains have more vitamin A than bananas. In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin A plays a vital role in the visual cycle, maintaining healthy mucus membranes, and enhancing skin complexion.

Plantains carry more vitamin A than bananas. 100 g fresh ripe plantains contain 1127 IU or 37.5% of daily required levels of this vitamin. Besides being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin A plays a vital role in the visual cycle, maintaining healthy mucus membranes, and enhancing skin complexion.

As in bananas, they too are rich sources of B-complex vitamins, particularly high in

vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine). Pyridoxine is an important B-complex vitamin that has a beneficial role in the treatment of neuritis, anemia, and to decrease homocystine (one of the causative factors for coronary artery disease (CHD) and stroke episodes) levels in the body.

As in bananas, they too are rich sources of B-complex vitamins, particularly high in vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine). Pyridoxine is an important B-complex vitamin that has a beneficial role in the treatment of neuritis, anemia, and to decrease homocystine (one of the causative factors for coronary artery disease (CHD) and stroke episodes) levels in the body. In addition, the fruit contains moderate levels of folates, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin.

Plantains also contain folates, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin. Folates (folic acid) are

Essential for healthy pregnancy

Plantains also provide adequate levels of minerals such as iron, magnesium, andphosphorous. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has a cardiac-protective role as well.

They also provide adequate levels of minerals such as iron, magnesium, and phosphorous. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has a cardiac-protective role as well.

Fresh plantains have more potassium than bananas. 100 g fruit provides 499 mg of potassium (358 mg per 100 g for bananas). Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure, countering negative effects of sodium.

Plantains have more potassium than bananas. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure, countering negative effects of sodium.

Plantains are famed to be diuretic and can help prevent kidney and bladder problems. Plantains ease the discomfort associated with the menstrual period.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving size : 100 g

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

% RDA

Energy

122 Kcal

6%

Carbohydrates

31.89 g

24.5%

Protein

1.30 g

2%

Total Fat

0.37g

2%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

2.30 g

6%

VITAMINS

Folates

22 µg

5.5%

Niacin

0.686 mg

4%

Pyridoxine

0.299 mg

23%

Riboflavin

0.054 mg

4%

Thiamin

0.052 mg

4%

Vitamin A

1127 IU

37.5%

Vitamin C

18.4 mg

31%

Vitamin E

0.14 mg

1%

Vitamin K

0.7 µg

1%

ELECTROLYTES

Sodium

4 mg

<1%

Potassium

499 mg

10.6%

MINERALS

Calcium

3 mg

<0.5%

Iron

0.60 mg

7.5%

Magnesium

37 mg

9%

Phosphorus

34 mg

5%

Zinc

0.14 mg

1%

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