With global warming, more tropical foods are going to be important as staple foods for the world… and Plantains are one of them. On the BBC a while back plantains were said to be a very important food for the world in the near future.
Plantains are amazingly healthy, full of lots of vitamins, minerals, energy, fiber and more. One Plantain plant can produce as much 100 pounds of wonderful fruit that can be used like potatoes.
Grow All Over – Plantains grow in Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Central America, South America, parts of Australia, and in the US in Florida, or anywhere in a green house. Once the tree bears fruit it must be cut down allowing one of the little plantains that grow around the trunk to grow tall and take its place.
Potassium – Plantains have more potassium than bananas and thus help with cardiovascular function and water regulation. And potassium can help offset the negative qualities of salt in your diet by lowering blood pressure.
Gastric Ulcers – A study by the prestigious Mayo Clinic found that Plantains contain “leucocyanidin” which prevents gastric ulcers… and they also help with gastritis.
Vitamins – Plantains contain Vitamins A, C, and B – all important antioxidants that help to slow the aging process, prevent DNA damage, and provide a boost for your metabolism and give you energy. Also Vitamin K for clotting and E for cardiovascular health.
Minerals – Plantains are a good source of magnesium for cardiovascular health and strong bones, phosphorus for strong bones, and iron for anemia, zinc for immunity, and calcium for enzyme activity and osteoporosis.
Source of Emergency Water – If you cut down a Plantain Tree and make a hollow in the trunk that is left standing… it will fill very fast with water. Discard the first two batches, they will be bitter, but the next filling will be fresh water. Plantain Trees are full of water, in fact, the trunks of the trees are heavy because they are full of water.
The trunk of the Tree – The trunk of the tree can be ground down into a fiberous paste that can be cooked and eaten in emergency situations… not a lot of nutrition, but will keep you going for a while.
Weight Loss – Boiled Plantains also work well for weight loss because they are full of “Resistant Starch” that does not break down in your GI tract and helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar too. And cooked Plantains are low in carbs and calories, high in water, and also help your body absorb more calcium.
Low Glycemic Index – Boiled Plantains have a low glycemic index (Glycemic index of 38) making them great for diabetics.
Athletes and Children – Some experts highly recommend Plantains as nutritious food with lots of energy for children and athletes… and people on the go that need lots of sustained energy.
Colon Health – Short chain fatty acids (Resistant Starch) important for colon health and helps in the treatment of colitis, IBS, and other colon diseases. Also cooked Plantains slow down your digestive tract, add fiber to your diet, and contain fiber that’s beneficial to the probiotic bacteria in your colon. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health short chain fatty acids are well known for preventing colon cancer.
Beta Carotene – Plantains contain a large amount of beta carotene and thus help to boost your immune system and prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.
Cholesterol Free Food – Plantains have no cholesterol and thus help to maintain a healthy cholesterol level… and they are almost fat-free.
Fiber – Plantains are full of wonderful fiber that help to provide a good environment for probiotic bacteria… and thus boost your immune system and keep you healthy.
Calories – One average Plantain contains around 200 calories depending on the size, so they are good for keeping your weigh down… and they are very filling. Plantains are low in sugars, fats, and sodium so they are a good diet food… as long as you don’t fry them.
Omega 3 and 6 Fats – Plantains also contain good fats in the way of Omega 3 and 6 Oils that are important for cardiovascular health and cancer.
Diuretic Food – Plantains are diuretic and thus help you to lose water weight… and help you get rid of swelling, bloating, and that bulge around the middle caused by water weight.
PMS – Because Plantains are a good diuretic they also help with water retention associated with monthly periods.
Topically – If applied to the skin Plantains are great for burns, rashes, itchy skin, inflammation, and swelling.
Plantain Tea – The leaves can be used as a tea that helps with bladder problems and water retention.
Cooking – Plantains are a starch and like potatoes and have to be cooked be digested.
Here is how you use Plantains – cut off both ends and then slice through the skin lengthwise on one side or both… and open it up and remove the Plantain from the skin. Now you can boil it, and then mash it, and it can be cut into slices and fried which is very popular around the world.
Plantain can be added to soups, stews, and just about anything as chunks of Plantain that cook like a potato. If you are cooking a turkey instead of using potatoes around the side in the pan use chunks of Plantain. They can be cooked with rice, beans, fish, chicken, and just about any meat you can think of, and they can be grilled with the skin on.
And Plantains can be made into Plantain Chips. Some commercial Plantain Chips are even cholesterol free and organic. They are crunchy and get to be habit forming… believe me!
Mash plantains with garlic and then it is fried makes something called “Mofungo” which is delicious but will put the weight on – I am not a fried foods person… but if you are I’ve had people come from the states and get hooked on “Mofungo”.
Ripe Plantains can be cooked with any kind of sweetener and they are wonderful… usually with cinnamon too. Also, they can be popped into the oven wrapped in some aluminum foil and cream cheese for just a few minutes and they are delicious!
And if you google “Healthy Plantain Recipes” lots of great recipes will come up!
Remember – Eat Organic Plantains – Regular plantains can contain up to 6 cancer-causing chemicals, 12 hormone-disrupting chemicals, and 10 other disease-causing chemicals. So eat organica and stay healthy!
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to contact him any time.
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