This incredible fruit is sweeter than a yellow banana, and has more beneficial nutrients as well.
Many of us are familiar with the traditional healthy fruit, yellow bananas. We know bananas as a great source of potassium, and are accompanied by their signature sweet taste, but they have a cousin that tastes even sweeter.
Red bananas have a unique flavor, similar to yellow, but mixed with the taste of raspberries.
According to health experts, they are considered healthier than a regular banana due to their unique nutritional profile. It is considered as an ideal addition to your daily diet because of their amazing health benefits.
You must eat red bananas only when fully ripe or they will taste chalky and dry. However, if you live in the States you likely won’t find any growing near you. They need a very specific climate to thrive in.
Ripe red bananas do not grow in the U.S., with many imported from producers in East Africa, Asia, South America and the United Arab Emirates. Yellow bananas account for 95 percent of the banana varieties sold, making red bananas one of the most mysterious fruits.
Like most other fruits and vegetables, red bananas contain powerful antioxidants. In fact, they provide higher amounts of some antioxidants than yellow bananas. Such antioxidants are carotenoids, anthocyanins, dopamine, and vitamin C.
Red bananas are rich in vitamin C, which is an important vitamin for immune health. Vitamin C stimulates the production of lymphocytes, white blood cells that attack invading pathogens like bacteria, destroy infected or cancer cells, regulate immune response, and make antibodies. As an antioxidant, the vitamin protects white blood cells from the chemicals they release to kill pathogens. A 99-gram red bananas has 15 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
Potassium is a mineral essential for heart health due to its role in regulating blood pressure, and red bananas are rich in potassium. One small banana of this type will provide you with 9 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA). Research shows that eating more potassium-rich foods may help reduce blood pressure, so might as well grab two!
Another important mineral for blood pressure control is magnesium. One small red banana provides about 8% of your daily needs for this mineral.
Though red bananas are sweeter, they have a lower glycemic index(GI) score than yellow bananas. The GI is a scale from 0 to 100 which measures how quickly foods increase blood sugar levels. Lower GI scores indicate a slower absorption into the blood. Yellow bananas have an average GI score of 51, while red bananas score lower on the scale at roughly 45.
Overall, red bananas are similar to yellow ones, but they have vital differences that make them a bit healthier and lot sweeter.