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Ripe Unripe Bananas Health Benefits Nutrition

July 5, 2021, 5:56 p.m. by Karuwaki Speaks ( 797 views)

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When it comes to bananas many of us go well… literally “bananas” for them; after all, they are the nation’s favorite fruit and the original 100-calorie snack!

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Sometimes we often look at fruit and think “oh, it’s far too ripe” or “oh dang, that fruit is too green!” which is a shame because quite often different stages of a fruit’s maturity have different benefits. Let’s know more about them.


Green banana or kaccha kela is part of many savoury Indian preparations. It can be steamed, boiled, stir-fried, batter-fried, deep-fried, mashed and curried, and also be used as a stuffing, in salads or in dips.

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Health Benefits:

•Full of Fibre

•Good for Heart

•Weight Loss Benefits

•Excellent Source Of Vitamins

•Good for diabetics

•Helps in tummy problems


In India, it is given much importance where various regional cuisines use it in making sinful desserts - kheer, malpua, halwa, payasam, sheera, and paniyaram, to name a few. It provides you instant energy to kickstart your day, and is said to be very good for the stomach. Most natural home remedies in India circling around an upset stomach, call for using bananas as a remedy along with a few other ingredients.

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Health Benefits:

•High Fibre Content

•Heart Health

•Ease in Digestion

•High Source Of Potassium

•Helps Fight Anaemia

•Powerhouse of Nutrients

Nutritional Value-

A green or yellow medium-sized banana (118 grams) contains:

•Fiber: 3.1 grams

•Potassium: 12% of the RDI

•Vitamin B6: 20% of the RDI

•Vitamin C: 17% of the RDI

•Magnesium: 8% of the RDI

•Copper: 5% of the RDI

•Manganese: 15% of the RDI

1-cup serving of boiled green bananas contains 531 milligrams of potassium. Potassium plays an essential role in proper kidney function. Potassium is also a vasodilator, which helps in ensuring that the blood pressure level.

Unripe bananas contain mostly starch, which makes up 70–80% of their dry weight. This starch is resistant starch, which is not digested in the small intestine & is classified as dietary fiber. It also contains pectin.

Green bananas are good source of fibers, vitamins (Vitamin C, B6, pro-vitamin A), minerals (potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc), and bioactive compounds such as phenolic compounds.

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There are benefits on both sides. You could eat unripened bananas or ripened bananas and get the benefits of either one. The only difference is that for Type 2 Diabetics and anyone trying to avoid excess sugar.

It is worth noting that while the nutrients in bananas can boost health and prevent diseases, eating bananas may not have the same impact on everyone.

However, a diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables will provide a range of essential nutrients that can help keep a person well.

Disclaimer: This article is not a substitute for qualified medical advice.Before using or ingesting ANY herb or plant for medicinal purposes or otherwise, please consult a physician or a medical herbalist for advice.

Comments (3)

AnonymousUser 11 months ago
Love Banana,both ripe & unripe!
AnonymousUser 9 months, 3 weeks ago
Informative article .
AnonymousUser 3 months ago
Thank you for increasing my knowledge on banana at nutrition level and also health benefits.