Are bananas and plantains the same? Bananas and plantains were first grown in India some 4,000 years ago and have been known as a treatment for peptic and duodenal ulcers, gastritis and flatulence.
An average serving size of 1 medium banana contains:
Potassium: 400 milligrams
Carbohydrate: 27 grams
Vitamin B6: 26%
Vitamin C: 17%
An average serving size of (cooked) plantain contains:
Potassium: 716 milligrams
Carbohydrate: 48 grams
Vitamin B6: 19%
Vitamin C: 28%
Bananas and plantains contain many healthful benefits as they both:
– prevent and heal ulcers
– lower blood pressure
– lower blood cholesterol
– alleviate PMS (pre-mentrual syndrome
Bananas and plantains strengthen the surface of the cells of the stomach lining, acting as a thick barrier against pepsin and digestive acids.
Bananas and plantains are packed full of potassium, which plays a role in controlling blood pressure. Bananas have been shown to contain pectin, which is a proven cholesterol lower.
The fibre in bananas and plantains is excellent for the heart as it naturally lowers blood cholesterol levels. Eat up and stay healthy!