I think people who don’t like bananas are very rare. Almost there isn’t a
person who doesn’t eat banana as part of the breakfast or as a snack,
but the real banana lovers go further considering even the ripeness of
the banana. There are some people who love green bananas, while others
love their bananas to be overripe and almost brown.
The bananas with their potassium, along with the other vitamins and
nutrients are very healthy choice all around. Writer Adda Bjarnadottir,
MS for Authority Nutrition, says that they are good for the digestion,
for the health of the heart and also can help us to lose some weight.
What is really interesting is that the different colors of the banana
mean different health benefits. Continue reading and find out what color
of the banana would be the most beneficial to your health.
Green Bananas contain resistant starch. According to Jill
Corleone, a registered dietitian, this type of starch is more like fiber
in our bodies and that can help us to reduce the risk of diabetes and
heart diseases, by lowering the levels of blood sugar and blood
cholesterol levels. Also, because the bananas in this color are high in
fiber, they can help the appetite stay in check and promote weight loss.
Furthermore, they are low in glycemic index so that makes them perfect
snack for the ones who need to control the blood sugar levels.
Yellow, firm bananas are rich in antioxidants that protect our bodies from various illnesses. The
bananas have more sugar as they are getting older, but besides they
have more sugar than the green ones, this kind of bananas also contain
dopamine, an antioxidant which can reduce the risks of heart diseases
and degenerative diseases. Although the dopamine is usually known that
acts as feel-good chemical in the brain, that’s not the case with the
dopamine in the banana. The dopamine from the banana acts like strong
antioxidant without altering the hormones or the mood.
Yellow bananas with brown spots aren’t as healthy as the younger ones, but they still contain a lot of antioxidants. Researchers
from Teikyo University found out that bananas in this color can fight
cancer. They have proven that the amount of Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)
is much more higher in the spotted bananas than the green ones.
According to PubMed, TNF is helping to break down the abnormal cells in
the body, namely cancerous tumors. The substance that helps fight cancer
also can improve the immune system by pointing the white blood cells in
to the inflamed or infected areas.
Brown bananas are the sugariest, but still have high levels of potassium.
Linus Puling Institute notes that foods rich in potassium can help to
prevent conditions like osteoporosis. This kind of banana also contains
tryptophan, an amino acid found like mood-altering. Tryptophan regulates
the moods, so can lower the symptoms of depression, anxiety and also
can help us to sleep better. The brown bananas would also be a perfect
for the ones with digestive issues because they are very easy to digest.
The overripe bananas need to be kept in the refrigerator because they
start to lose the nutrients.
No matter the color of the banana they are still super healthy. Most of
the people eat bananas in particular color just because of their own
preferences not even knowing the benefits of the color.
However, we highly recommend you to consume bananas every day. Just add
them in a smoothie, cereal bowl or eat them as a snack. Because of the
peel they are protected from pesticides and pollutions. Also the peel
makes them perfect to travel with.