HEALTH BENEFITS OF PLANTAIN FLOUR
Plantain flour is made by slicing plantain into long thin slices, leaving those slices to dry and milling the dried slices into flour. Plantains are a staple food in the tropical regions of the world. It is rich in iron, Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), carotene, and other vitamins. Plantain flour is lower in calories than the regular all-purpose flour. Plantain flour is a healthier substitute for wheat flour and the all-purpose flour because it doesn’t contain gluten which is the main protein found in wheat and barley.
Why should you consider Plantain Flour as part of your recipe that can be enjoyed by you and your family? The health benefits, the taste, and the varieties available.
In this article, we would be looking at some health benefits of Plantain Flour.
1. SOURCE OF ENERGY:
Like every other food rich in carbohydrate, ripe plantain which contains complex carbohydrates (made up of starch, sugar, and fiber) that supplies energy, enough to carry out work when eaten constantly.
2. HELPS IN THE TREATMENT OF DIABETES:
Unripe plantain is low in sugar and rich in iron, hence it is a wonderful diet choice for those controlling sugar; diabetic patients. This is because it would not worsen or increase the sugar level. It also contains a substance called Psyllium which can also help to regulate blood sugar level. So, the constant eating of Unripe plantain flour can help in preventing and treating diabetic conditions.
3. HELPS TO STRENGTHEN THE BONES AND PROVIDES BLOOD
The unripe plantain is rich in calcium and iron. Calcium aids in strengthening the bones of the body. It also enhances the development of stronger teeth, nails, and muscles. The regular consumption of plantain flour helps to prevent osteoporosis, a disease that causes weakness of the bone and fracturing.
4. REDUCES MENSTRUAL DISCOMFORT:
Other elements found in plantain flour is vitamin B6 and potassium, and the health benefit of this is that it can help relieve menstrual cramps. Vitamin B6 also lowers the chances of miscarriage in pregnant women. Hence eating plantain regularly would help in reducing menstrual discomfort.
5. AIDS IN TREATING ANAEMIA:
Plantain is also rich in mineral iron (unripe plantain only), which aids the production of RBC (red blood cells) in the body along with Vitamin B6 nutrients. this helps to prevent the condition of anaemia, a disease caused by the deficiency of red blood cells in the body. Persons suffering from anaemia already are often advised to incorporate unripe plantain into their daily diet, in order to cure or mitigate the effects.
CONCLUSION: Plantain is a plant that is rich in nutrients and taken in different forms, boiled, fried, used to make pudding, plantain fufu, etc. It is richer when taken unripe, hence advisable for both young and old.