Plantain: properties, benefits, how to eat

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Il plane it is a green-skinned fruit rich in vitamins and starches. Useful for those suffering from problems related to old age, is also helpful for athletes, to recover after an illness and for celiac. Let's find out better.

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> Calories, nutritional values ​​and properties of the Platano

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Description of the fruit

All the fruits we call bananas belong to plants of the genus Musa, palms originating in the geographical area from Southeast Asia to the Pacific, including the plane tree. At a simple first glance what distinguishes the plane tree from the common banana, from banana trees and less common red bananas is: green color of the skin, more fibrous skin, firm and dry pulp, larger dimensions.

When fully ripe it turns yellow and then blackens very quickly, and this is the only way to enjoy it fresh. In fact, the feature that most distinguishes the plane tree from the most common bananas is related to the mode of consumption: the unripe plantain is used for numerous culinary preparations while the fresh fruit is, with the exception of its brief moment of ripening, particularly astringent to the point of appearing completely unripe.

Despite being an Asian fruit, it is also cultivated in Africa, South America and the Caribbean, while we are starting to be imported more and more regularly.


Platano, ally of

Who loves sports, those who have to recover after an illness, those who are still small and have to grow up, those who take particular care of their skin, those suffering from celiac disease, those suffering from problems related to old age.


Calories, nutritional values ​​and properties of plantain

The plantain contains 122 kcal per 100 g.

In addition, 100 g of product contain:

  • 0.4 g fat
  • Cholesterol 0 g
  • Sodium 4 mg
  • Potassium 492 mg
  • G carbohydrates 32
  • Fiber 2.3 g
  • Sugars 15 g
  • 1.3 g protein

The secret of the high esteem enjoyed by the plane tree in many areas of the world is given by its properties: while nourishing like common bananas, thus providing vitamins (C and those of group B, especially B6) and above all trace elements, including potassium, magnesium and iron, the carbohydrates of the plantain are present in the form of starch, which gives the plantain the qualities suitable to replace a meal based on cereals or starchy tubers.

A plantain-based meal is therefore nutrient while acting as a replenisher. Numerous qualities are attributed to it: it is prescribed as an ideal food for counteract gastric and intestinal inflammation, helps skin regeneration and healing by stimulating the production of collagen, supports the heart and circulatory system thanks to the contribution of potassium.


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Contraindications of the plantain

No particular contraindications it is associated with the plane tree. Due to the high content of glycides, a well-dosed consumption is recommended for those suffering from diabetes.



  • It's believed that the plane tree is a hybrid between the paradisiacal Musa and a cross between Musa acuiminata and Musa balbisiana
  • It is the most consumed exotic fruit in the world, indispensable in many areas of the world to supplement the nutrition of many poor groups effectively replacing cereals.


How to eat the plantain

Plantains can be consumed in an infinite number of ways. It generally comes cut and fried (famously the chips like chips), or roasted, or boiled and worked as a puree.

It also comes transformed into flour to make biscuits, puree and to thicken. Plantain can also be added to soups and soups, as we would a common potato or other starchy tuber.

Also due to its high starch content, it is used in some areas of Africa to make liqueurs. When the plantain reaches the last stage of ripeness, the starches have changed into sugars and the fruit becomes much sweeter than the common banana.


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