A typical average size plantain fruit after cooking contains 50 – 80grams of carbohydrate, 2 – 3 grams of protein, 4 - 6 grams of fibre and about 0.01 to 0.3grams of fat. Since every gram of carbohydrate equals to 4 calories, one fruit of plantain contains about 4 x 65grams of calories, which comes to about 260 Calories.
It is very rich in potassium, and it is commonly prescribed by doctors for people who have low level of potassium in their blood. The potassium in plantain is very good for the heart and helps to prevent hypertension and heart attack.
It is also rich in potassium, magnesium and phosphate.
It is a good source of vitamins A, B6, and C which helps maintain vision, good skin, and build immunity against diseases. Cooked unripe plantain is very good for diabetics, as it contains complex carbohydrate that is slowly released over time.
The green plantain is very low in sugar. The carbohydrate in the green unripe plantain is stored as a complex starch, slowly released after cooking and it is a good inclusion in a diabetic diet. The ripe or yellow plantain is rich in sugar and very sweet to taste.
A diet of green plantain is filling, and can also be a good inclusion in a weight loss diet plan. No wonder the nutritional value of plantain is unsurpassed.
When fried and served with tenderly boiled brown beans, as shown above, it is a great meal for lunch or dinner, and it is truly delicious.
Include this banana-like fruit in your menu list today and try out any of its recipe today.
Remember, you can buy plantain online here and get it delivered to your door anywhere in the UK.
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