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Of course, you’ve eaten a banana – but have you ever eaten a green banana? If not, maybe you should. Eating green bananas offers some advantages you won’t get from eating the ripe, yellow fruit.

What are the health benefits of green bananas?

Green bananas aren’t a new exotic breed of fruit. They’re the unripe version of the same old banana most people know and love. Green bananas are “starchier”, but the type of starch they contain is resistant starch. Resistant starch is a type of starch that isn’t digested in the same way as most starches. Instead of being broken down, they pass through the intestines unchanged – which gives them the characteristics of an insoluble fiber.

Green/raw banana snack

Eat Green Bananas and Reap the Benefits of Resistant Starch

The resistant starch that comes from eating green bananas has some interesting health benefits. It may even help with the battle of the bulge. High fiber foods and foods that contain resistant starch increase satiety and reduce overall calorie consumption, probably due to their effects on digestion and satiety hormones.

According to one study, the resistant starch in green bananas increases the rate of fat burning by blocking the ability of the body to use carbohydrates as fuel. When the body can’t burn carbohydrates as fuel, it’s forced to use fat instead. Foods high in resistant starch also increase insulin sensitivity, which can help people with type 2 diabetes better control their blood sugars.

Another Reason to Eat Green Bananas

Resistant starch has another important function. It helps to keep the digestive tract healthy by acting as “food” for friendly, probiotic bacteria. These good intestinal bacteria ferment the resistant starch in green bananas and use it to make energy. This helps to drive away bad bacteria that can cause anything from a bad case of diarrhea to chronic colon problems. When resistant starch is fermented it produces short-chain fatty acids that help to keep the colon healthy, and, possibly, reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Another surprising benefit? The short-chain fatty acids produced by the fermentation of resistant starch increases the ability of the body to absorb nutrients – especially calcium.

Other Health Benefits of Green Bananas

All bananas are a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium, and green bananas are no exception. People on low carb diets often avoid bananas because of their higher sugar content, but eating green bananas, in moderation, could have benefits for both dieters and diabetics.

( Read more: http://www.aviva.ca/article.asp?articleid=173#ixzz270pbqZ59 )

So next you see raw/green bananas , pick them and prepare this snack and enjoy it with cup of green tea! And yes remember me too!

Raw/green banana snack

Serves 4 persons

Ingredients

6 medium sized raw bananas( the green ,the better!)

1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)

1 tsp cumin (jeera)

2 or 3 green chillies(long and slited)

2-4 tbsp coriander leaves or parsely (chopped)

5-6 curry leaves

a pinch of asafoetida

1/2 tsp red chilly powder

3/4 tsp dry coriander powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder(optional)

1 tsp oil( sunflower or olive), 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)

salt

water

Green/raw banana

Procedure

  • Cut each banana in four equal pieces (without peeling). Pressure cook banana pieces in 2 bowls of water with 1 tsp of salt in it for 1 whitle or cook in closed lid vessel for 10 -15 minutes(till bananas are soft). There is every chance of overcooking of bananas, be careful. Keep checking.( you will understand it once you try it!). .

Cut raw bananas

Pressure cooked raw banana

  • Peel the skin of cooked bananas with hands. (the skin will come out easily)

Peel skin of cooked raw banana

  • Cut the peeled out and cooked bananas into long pieces.

Cut the boiled and peeled banana

  • Heat oil and ghee in a pan. Add cumin(jeera), fennel, asafoetida, curry leaves and green chillies. Mix it properly.
  • Add banana pieces and sprinkle salt, chilly powder and coriander powder, turmeric powder and coriander or parsely and mix gently. After a minute or two , put off the heat and serve hot with yogurt or tomato sauce. Have it with evening tea!

Raw/green banana snack

You can wrap them in whole wheat wraps or in rotis for kids lunch box!

I hate to take pictures at night. Sorry for not so good good pictures.But this is what i have right now!

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