Did you know the banana is considered the original 100 calorie snack?
Steve my husband and I eat a lot of bananas. We use a half one each morning in our protein drinks to give them a great flavor and texture as well as add good healthy sweetness. I purchase my bananas in bulk at Trader Joe’s because they only cost 19 cents. Now that’s a deal! I get them in a brown paper bag (thank goodness they still carry these) to ripen. Once ripe, I peel them, break them in half and freeze them. We use them right from the freezer in our protein drinks or make amazing ice-cream from them for an evening treat.
Brown bananas have a higher level of antioxidants than yellow or green, unripe bananas. They are also easier to digest (because of the simple sugar) for people with digestive ailments, including irritable bowel and functional abdominal bloating.
As a banana reaches the brown stage, the concentration of potassium, vitamin B-6, fiber and vitamin C increases.
In brown bananas, the resistant starch has almost completely transformed into simple sugars. When you eat a brown banana your blood sugar spikes much more quickly than it would when you eat a green one. Type-2 diabetics are recommended to avoid brown-spotted or fully brown bananas, which can be up to 91 percent sugar. A healthier option for them would be unripe bananas.
So here’s to the banana anyway you like it!