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Plantain Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts

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Plantain health benefits & nutrition stats_Best Body Africa

What are plantains?

Plantains are commonly produced and eaten within many parts of Africa, Asia, The Caribbean and Latin America. Although they look like bananas, they certainly don’t taste like them, particularly green plantains which are more similar in texture and taste to potatoes and often have to be cooked before consumption.

Plantains are a staple in many cultural diets and besides them being delicious are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. They therefore can play a key role in a healthy diet or weight management journey.

Nutrition Facts per 100g raw

  • 122 calories in plantain
  • 0.37g fats in plantain
  • 31.89g carbs in plantain
  • 1.3g protein in plantain

What does a 100g portion of plantain look like?

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What does 100 calories of plantain look like?

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Health Benefits

  1. Great source of fibre

Plantain is rich in fibre to aid digestion and reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes, constipation and heart disease. As plantain helps to increase your fullness, it is also a great food to eat to satisfy your appetite and prevent overeating.

2. Immune system support

Plantain is rich in vitamin C and vitamin A which helps to support the immune system. It is however best to avoid overcooking plantain so that its vitamin properties are not totally lost.

3. Rich in antioxidants

Plantain is rich in antioxidants which help to protect us against free radicals that may cause conditions such as cancers.

4. Lower blood pressure

The rich potassium content in plantain helps to support the functioning of your nerves and heart as well as synthesise protein. A diet that is rich in potassium may help to reduce high blood pressure.

5. Helps control blood sugar

Plantains are a resistant starch which does not contribute towards high sugar levels. In fact, consuming plantains rather helps to control blood sugar, promote satiety and improve “good” bacteria.

How to prepare

Plantains can be boiled, baked, fried, roasted and air fried. They are also great additions to other foods and accompaniments to meals.

Plantain is a favourtie at Best Body Africa and most of our recipes feature this delicious food. Check out some of our recipes featuring plantain, like Plantain Cinnamon Rolls and Baked Kelewele Fries here.


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