Bananas are known as healthy fruit across the world as they have minerals, fiber, and vitamins. A medium-sized banana weighs around 100 grams and contains around 75 per cent water. It as well consists of nearly 2.6 grams of fiber, 1.1 grams of protein, 0.3 grams of fat, and 22.8 grams of starch. Dieticians say that a green banana mostly has resilient starch but as it ripens the starch transforms into natural sugars.
Bacteria ferment resilient starch in the colon and create a short-chain fatty acid known as butyrate, which is quite good for gut health. This fruit contains a low to medium glycemic index (GI) as well that decelerates the absorption of sugars and reduces the levels of blood. As per the experts, A GI that is less than 55 is defined as low, and a GI between 56 to 69 is defined as medium GI.
They claim that the greener the banana, the greater the resilient starch quantity. Bananas are known to discharge their sugars slowly in the intestinal tract. Health experts claim that the benefits of fiber and antioxidants in bananas overshadow the natural sugars found in the fruit.
Banana is rich in valuable nutrients
Banana is rich in valuable nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin B6, potassium, copper, and vitamin C. It is the most regularly consumed fruit across the globe. Bananas have low contents of protein and fat. However, due to the presence of low GI, people who suffer from type 2 diabetes should avoid eating bananas extensively. Well, they can eat one or two bananas a day.
More than 1,000 varieties of bananas
There are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas. However, India is the biggest producer and consumer of the fruit. Banana peel also has many beneficial properties such as offering skin care for psoriasis, sunburns, and bug bites. A tea prepared with banana peel is considered quite exotic and interesting.