Green Banana is a favorite baby weaning food for its high nutritional value
Green Banana is a rich source of bioactive compounds, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. In fact, nearly all parts of the banana plant such as flower and stem are consumed for their nutritional value and for their immense health benefits! Green Banana is also one of the favorite weaning foods for the babies as it provides with ample nutrition and healthful enzymes to the little ones.
It can be dried and floured, boiled and added into some curries/gravies, fried to make chips, or simply stir-fried to make delicious dishes! Green banana is recommended in Ayurveda for patients suffering from gastrointestinal issues such as constipation, IBS, Diarrhoea, and Colitis.
There are plenty of variations of Banana available in the market today. The nutritional value and health benefits vary per the breed being considered, however, the best would be those that are closer to wild varieties or locally produced rather than those commercially produced with tonnes of chemicals. Since it is a perishable food, usually plenty of preservatives are applied on the skin to enhance the shelf life and hence the availability.
We highly recommend consumption of only locally produced variations as they are tastier, healthier, and relatively free from chemicals.
Nutritional Value of Green Banana
It is a rich source of phenolic acids, resistant starch, Vitamins, and Minerals.
- It is essentially gluten-free, hence highly recommended for those suffering from gluten allergies such as Celiac Disease.
- It is an excellent source of Potassium and a good source of minerals as Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese.
- It contains a good concentration of provitamin A carotenoids, vitamins B1, B2, and B6, and Vitamin C.
- It is a good source of antioxidants such as Dopamine, catechin, epicatechin, and gallocatechin that boost metabolism and have positive effects on cognitive abilities.
- It contains resistant starch as polysaccharides that is essentially prebiotic to support and feed the gut microbiome.
Health Benefits of Green Banana
Green Banana is excellent health food for all ages ranging from babies to elderly with a positive effect on various body parts. It is recommended to be consumed during pregnancy, post-pregnancy, and various health disorders such as Diabetes, Obesity, Hypertension, and Arthritis.
- Heart-friendly – it helps to regulate blood pressure for those suffering from cardiovascular diseases.
- Diabetic friendly – Regulates blood sugar levels and supports metabolism.
- Supports gut flora, hence helps increase the digestive power and boosts the functioning of multiple organs via the metabolites released via gut microbiome.
- Cooked green banana has been shown to prevent Diarrhoea in babies.
- It has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps relieve symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, Colitis, Piles, and Constipation.
- Speeds up wound healing and have anti-ulcerative effects.
- Significantly reduces cholesterol, free fatty acids, and triglycerides in blood, kidneys, liver, and brain.
- Lectins found in green banana have anti-viral effect against HIV, Hepatitis, and Ebola.
- Prevents cancer in the colon.
- Antioxidants present in green banana significantly reduce neurodegenerative disorders, slow down ageing process, and prevent inflammatory disorders such as Arthritis, Asthma, and Allergies.
- Brings digestive system back on track and helps to lose weight.
Mashed Green Banana Recipe – Indian Recipes for Kela Bharta
This is a one-pot recipe, super easy to turnaround, delicious, soft in texture, and highly nutritious. It is recommended for babies, pregnant, and new mothers. It goes well with chapati or rice (along with a curry).
Ingredients (Serves 4-5 persons)
- 4 Medium sized green banana
- 6-7 cloves of garlic – pounded or finely chopped
- Few sprigs of curry leaves
- 1 tablespoon split black gram (chana daal)
- 1 tablespoon split black lentils (urad daal)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or peanut oil or ghee
- 1 cup water
- salt to taste
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
Method of Preparation (30 mins)
- Peel the banana and cut into small cubes 1/2 inch. Put for boil in 1 cup water. Boil till it is soft and mushy.
- Heat a pan and add cooking oil. Add mustard seeds.
- Once the seeds splutter, break the chili in 2 pieces by hand and add to the pan. This is more for flavor and little taste. If chili is chopped fine, it will make the vegetable hot.
- After 10 seconds or so, add curry leaves and garlic. Stir for few seconds.
- Add split black gram and split black lentils. Stir for another few seconds till garlic turns golden brown and lentils are light brown.
- Now add the boiled banana. Mix and mash well till the texture is soft and smooth.
- Close the heat and cover. This will allow the mix to blend well with all the flavours.
- Serve with chapati or rice. Enjoy!