Why Plantains are the next SUPERFOOD!
There are many nutritious foods out there trying to earn the title of “superfood”, and plantains are just one that might just be the next best thing.
Think of how amazing bananas are. Plantains are just like bananas but way more SUPER!
- 1. One of the most well-known nutrients in bananas is potassium (though there are many foods rich in potassium even more so than a banana). Still, it is one of the best recognized sources of potassium, with 467 mg per banana. Plantains have even more than bananas! Plantains have 532mg. Numerous studies have found potassium to reduce blood pressure, protect against the hardening of the arteries, prevent strokes, boost bone health, and boost overall heart health.
- 2. Plantains also have antacid effects, protecting the stomach from ulcers and their subsequent damage. They work by creating a thicker mucus barrier within the stomach to protect against acids. Also, they help eliminate bacteria in the stomach that could lead to ulcers.
- 3. They are loaded with energy and are a favorite among athletes. A sort of a “nature’s energy bar”, they can deliver the energy needed after a long workout while fighting muscle cramps in the process.
- 4. If bananas don’t offer enough benefits in the day time, they shine at night too. They contain high amounts of tryptophan, an amino acid that helps boost serotonin production which can lead to better moods and a better night sleep.
While we are big advocates of shopping local, it is difficult to find local plantains in most places. Compromise can be found by purchasing POW! Plantain Flour. There are many benefits to the flour as compared with the fruit.
It’s believed plantains originated in Malaysia around 4,000 years ago. In 327 B.C. there is a record of Alexander the Great’s army finding them growing in India. Eventually, plantains made their way across the ocean to the Americas, where the majority of them are produced today. Interestingly, they didn’t come to the U.S. for sale in markets until later recently.