Since they are rich in antioxidants, fibers, Potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and many other essential nutrients, Bananas are amongst the healthiest and commonly consumed fruits in the world. Besides, lot of peoples are wondering whether to eat ripe or unripe bananas to get the most of their benefits.
Certainly, the ideal maturity stage of bananas is a matter of taste. In fact, the riper it is, the sweeter it tastes.
Beyond the taste, benefits of bananas differs from a maturity stage to other. In sooth, as the banana ripens, its nutritional properties change.
Green bananas contain high amount or resistant starch which acts like dietary fiber. Resistant starch, alongside pectin, which is also abundant in unripe bananas, enhances gut health by producing short-chain fatty acids, such as butyrate.
At the same time, high intake of unripe bananas can cause gas and bloating by reason of the presence of resistant starch.
In contrast, during ripening, the starch in the bananas is converted into simple sugars. Thus, the ripe bananas are sweeter and easier to digest.
In addition, a recent study revealed that many antioxidant substances appear as bananas ripen. Indeed, fully mature bananas, namely spoted ones, contain decent amount of Tumor Necrosis Factor, a substance claimed to fight carcinogenic cells. The same study proved the fully riped bananas is eight times more efficient in boosting immune system than the green one.
On the other hand, the production of simple sugar during the ripening process brings the glycemic index of bananas to its highest level, consequently, consumption of fully mature bananas may cause blood sugar to peak, which is notably unsuitable for diabetic persons.
Another key point is that while ripening, bananas lose progressively some of their vitamins and minerals.
Giving all these points, Whether you eat bananas while they are still green or you wait for them to fully ripen, you’ll be taking advantage of some benefits and missing out others.
If you care for the amazing benefits of antioxidant and anti-cancer substances or you want to boost up quickly your energy level then you should opt for ripe bananas.
whereas, if you want to eat your fill without firing up your blood sugar, or you want to improve your gut health you’d rather go for green bananas.