Besides their colour, green and yellow bananas differ in several ways.
Bananas are typically harvested whilst still green, ensuring they don’t get too ripe before you buy them. Rich in nutrients including Vitamins B1, B2, C, E, B6, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Potassium. They are a nutrient dense, versatile fruit, with 90% of the yellow banana's calories coming from carbohydrates.
This makes the yellow banana perfect for a pre workout snack, offering a quick burst of digestible energy.
What’s Green got over Yellow:
The greener the banana the lower the sugar content and the higher the Amylase Resistant Starch, better known as Dietary Fibre, shown to offer many digestive benefits including:
- the treatment of persistent diarrhea
- protective against mucosal damage of the GUT
- improve symptoms of peptic ulcers
Green bananas are also very filling, largely because of their high fiber content, improving satiety and offering an appetite reducing effect.
What’s New In Green Bananas?
Green Banana Flour produced from the unripe green banana is a gluten free option for individuals adhering to a gluten free diet. That's not all, researchers studied the effects of consuming 20 g/day for 45 days of green banana flour on overweight women, finding that although no significant weight change, women did experience a decrease in hip circumference and a reduction in blood pressure and glucose levels.
For more information please contact Tonina Rizzo, Consultant Nutritionist to Core Principles.
Reference: Marcel, C 2017, Nutrition Reference Centre, 'Evidenced-based care sheet - bananas', viewed at http://web.b.ebscohost.com
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