You’ve got to love bananas, they’re the king of all fruit, right?
They’re tasty and nutritious, and I mean what other kind of fruit is so portable! You can put one in your bag and still have a snack waiting for you three days later!
Did you know that banana is technically not a fruit at all, but a herb? Will their wonders never stop!
Everybody has a different opinion on when a banana is ready to eat. Most of us wait for a nice middle ground when they’re a nice healthy yellow color.
But there are some people who prefer to eat them when they’re still short of ripe, and their skin is still pretty green.
I can get on board with that. What I CAN’T get on board with are those weirdos who wait until their banana is practically freakin’ black before they even THINK about peeling it!
What the heck is with those people? Have they never heard of using over ripe, mushy bananas for banana bread?
Sheesh, what’s the world coming to?
Anyway, the point is that bananas are great because they bring a great number of different health benefits to those who eat them.
Sure they’re a quick, easy and healthy snack and most of us really enjoy the taste, there are people who just wolf down a banana when they’re trying to keep their potassium levels high.
I wouldn’t even know what to do with high potassium levels! Can you punch through walls?
Anyway, being a healthy snack there are plenty of vitamins and nutrients in there that are great for your body. But were you aware of the different health benefits that different colored bananas can provide?
It turns out that each banana coloration comes with its own distinct advantages!
1. Very green bananas
These bright green bananas are great for people who need to keep their blood sugar in check, so for people who suffer diabetes. They are very low on the glycemic index (which is that thing when people say a food is ‘low GI’, in case you didn’t know.
2. Green turning to yellow
Slightly less green bananas will help leave you fuller for longer, as your body has to work harder to break down the fruit in digestion, which releases lots more energy.
3. A firm yellow banana
If you catch a banana (did somebody throw it?) at it’s most yellow, it won’t have gotten spots on its skin yet. No sir, these bananas are not teenagers yet, and they’re very healthy for you to eat. They have a sweeter flavor and your body is able to digest them easily, which obviously is great for people with weak stomachs.
4. A fully yellow banana
Leave your firm yellow banana another day or so and the antioxidants really start to develop. So one you eat the fruit and your body begins to break it down, these miraculous little antioxidants are released, and they’re able to help our immune system protect our bodies from various diseases.
5. Spotted yellow banana
When a banana gets riper and riper, the antioxidants within develop even further, which is very beneficial for our bodies. Research has even shown that antioxidants are helpful to cancer patients.
6. Brown spots on a yellow banana
The brown spots may look yucky, and might put off picky eaters, but they are actually a positive indicator. Research suggests that eating bananas at this stage of ripeness may help your body to break down pre-cancerous cells.
7. Brown bananas
This is the point where many people would be tempted to throw away those bananas and go to the store for some new ones. And sure, a banana of this color tends to be far more sugary than their lighter counterparts, so it will taste way sweeter.
8. Soft and brown bananas
These bananas do come with their own special powers, though. They contain tryptophan, a chemical proven to reduce stress and anxiety, and they are also rich in nutrients that promote muscle and bone health.
So it turns out that different stages of banana ripeness can have a big effect on not just the taste and texture of a banana, but what is contained within it too!
What do you think? Will this cause you to leave your bananas in the fruit bowl for longer to turn a different color? Or will nothing stop you from eating your favorite fruit just how you like it? Let us know with a COMMENT, and please feel free to SHARE this article with friends and family if you found it useful and informative!