While bananas make for a great snack, did you know the ripened yellow bananas we know and love tend to have a high glucose content and are almost all sugar? Their chemical composition consists of 90% simple sugars and 8-9% starch!
But, what about the green bananas? Are they just as high in sugars, or do they aid in weight loss?
The simple answer: Yes.
Green bananas can aid in weight loss and is a wonderful snack to add to your arsenal if you are trying to shed a few pounds. Let’s get into what gives them their weight loss properties.
High In Resistant Starch
The general rule of thumb is the greener the banana, the higher its resistant starch content. Studies have shown that resistant starch enhances fat oxidation and creates a feeling of fullness in lean or obese people!
Resistant starches are essentially molecules that behave like fiber. They resist quick digestion and travel slowly in your tract. They cannot be broken down in the stomach or small intestine. When they finally reach the colon, they not only break down but also feed the good bacteria in your gut to aid digestion.
This keeps you feeling much fuller for a longer period and increases your satisfaction — say goodbye to those unhealthy cravings.
Foods like green bananas that are rich in resistant starches are known to feed almost 90% of the cells in your gut! This creates a healthy habitat in your gut, which takes care of your overall health. It protects the body from indigestion as well as promotes serotonin.
Low Glycemic Index
The lower sugar content in green bananas contributes significantly to weight loss. Unripe bananas are mainly all resistant starch and contain barely any simple sugars. This means that they have a low glycemic index.
The glycemic index is a system that assigns foods with values based on how fast those foods can raise your blood sugar levels. Foods that are higher on the glycemic index scale are known to spike or raise your blood sugar levels after consumption. This is okay for most people, but if you are suffering from diabetes or blood issues, these foods can be dangerous.
Eating a lot of foods with a high glycemic count is directly linked with obesity risks, weight gain, and heart issues even in healthy people!
Green bananas rank 30 on the GI scale, which is lower than yellow bananas (and most other foods). When you eat a green banana, they release sugars slowly into your system and do not cause your glycemic levels to spike. This gives you a gradual energy boost that can be sustained over time, and it also leaves you feeling full for longer.
Now you know the two major reasons why green bananas can help you on your weight loss journey! Grab a box of Natural Heaven’s green bananas Bantastic Brownie Crisps, packed with all the goodness that green bananas have to offer, and snack on some healthy, crispy treats to boost your fitness journey.