When you eat a banana, you do it because: a) you like the taste, b) you know it’s good for you, c) someone gave you one or d), all of the above.
Bananas are packed with vitamins and other nutrients, and eating two a day can do wonders for your body.
But did you know that the color of a banana can reveal a lot about its nutritional content? From green to brown, firm to soft, spots or no spots — a banana’s appearance can tell a lot.
1. Unripe and green
Green bananas are hard to digest unless they’re cooked. But once cooked, they taste like potatoes and are quite delicious. People who are familiar with Caribbean cuisine know that green bananas are used in many dishes there.
But what you might not know, however, is that green bananas have a low glycemic index value — perfect for people who need to monitor their sugar intake.
Another good thing about unripe bananas is they provide the the stomach with probiotics, which also strengthens the immune system. And in addition, green bananas also contain resistant starch, a form of carbohydrates that improves insulin sensitivity and lowers blood sugar levels.
Because of their starch content, green bananas keep you feeling full for a long time and are helpful if you’re trying to losing weight. Boil them, mash them, or fry them.
The downside? Green bananas have fewer antioxidants than more mature bananas, as the antioxidants in bananas increase as the fruits ripen.
2. Firm and yellow
Most of us prefer our bananas yellow but not quite spotted. At this stage, bananas are sweet and ripe. Pale yellow bananas contain a lot of antioxidants that protect the body from diseases, aging, ailments, and heart problems.
A medium-sized ripe banana also provides 37 mg of magnesium, an important mineral that helps the brain stay fit.