Plantain Chips- Tropical Superfood Snack
At the first glance, plantains look like bananas. While bananas and plantains have similar nutritious qualities, plantains are more nutritious than bananas. More than 120 countries including India, Uganda and Colombia grow plantains.
Plantains are starchier, contain less sugar than bananas and can be added to many cooking recipes. Unlike bananas, plantains are typically cooked before eating. Bananas are eaten as a fruit, while plantains are considered a vegetable. One can replace plantains for potatoes in any recipe. Plantains are available year-round since it does not have a particular growing season.
Plantains can be found in green, yellow or red/ black variety.
62.3 grams carbohydrates
1.6 grams protein
0.4 grams fat
4.6 grams fiber
1,818IU Vitamin A ( 36%)
21.8 milligrams Vitamin C (36%)
930 milligrams potassium ( 27%)
0.5 milligrams Vitamin B6 ( 24%)
64 milligrams magnesium (16%)
1.2 milligrams iron ( 6%)
(Source: Dr. Axe)
As we can see from the above information, plantains are a great source of vitamin A, B6, C, magnesium, potassium, etc. Apart from these vitamins and minerals, plantains and bananas contain serotonin, an important chemical responsible for a number of brain functions including mood and sleeping. Our happiness may depends on the amount of serotonin in the brain.
Plantains are a natural remedy for:
Plantains have sweet and astringent ( Kashay) taste or properties. According to Ayurveda, astringent or Kashay food is recommended to balance Pitta and Kapha Dosha. A tea made from the leaves can be used to treat diarrhea. Or simply try this delicious and quick recipe for plantain chips.
Note: if you are allergic to bananas, you may be allergic to plantains.
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