Bananas are the perfect topping to your oatmeal, and taste amazing blended with strawberries in a smoothie, but did you know that the color of the bananas that you eat have different health effects than other colors?
Bananas are a great source of potassium, almost everyone knows that, and they provide nutrients and vitamins that your body craves. But each banana color, from vibrant green to dark and spotty, serve up their own health benefits.
Let’s discover what they are!
1. Green Bananas
If you’re having blood sugar problems, green bananas can help keep you in check. They rank low on the glycemic index so they are a simple snack for those who need to monitor their blood sugar levels. Green bananas also help prevent and treat diarrhea, so eat one of these next time you’re having toilet trouble.
2. Yellow/Green Bananas
These bananas are great for curbing cravings since young and green bananas satiate hunger longer. They also help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Greenish yellow bananas are also full of fiber, so they’ll help keep you regular, and they’re beneficial to the good bacteria that live in your body.
3. Firm Yellow Bananas
For most people, this is their ideal banana. The skin peels off cleanly and it’s not too sweet or soft. Our bodies are able to digest this banana the best, and the antioxidants in a fully yellow banana help protect against diseases.
4. Spotty Bananas
This banana also contains crucial antioxidants, and are even helpful for patients who are fighting off tumors. The brown spots on the banana mean it can help break down abnormal cells in the body that are known to cause cancer. However, this banana variety is much sweeter than the others, so avoid eating spotty bananas if you need to watch your sugar levels.
5. Brown Bananas
The softest and sweetest of the bunch, brown bananas are high in tryptophan, which reduces stress and anxiety. They’re also rich in nutrients that aid muscle and bone health. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or need a good post-workout snack consider reaching for a brown banana!
Now that you know how each banana affects your body, do you think you will switch up which level of ripeness is right for you?
Show this article to your friends and family and let us know which banana you prefer!
Our content is created to the best of our knowledge, yet it is of general nature and cannot in any way substitute an individual consultation with your doctor. Your health is important to us!