The health benefits of eating plantain

For as long as I can remember, eating plantain has always been part of my food diet.  As a child, I used to mainly eat it boiled. But as an adult I mainly eat it fried.

Plantain is a very popular food in West Africa and the Caribbean, and it’s served with most main meals.  Plantain is part of the banana family, but they are a vegetable not a fruit so they have to be cooked.

Although I have been eating plantain for years, I have been unaware of its health benefits until now.  In fact, I was shocked at the amount of goodness that can be found in plantains, especially when eaten boiled, mashed or roasted.

Below are some of the health benefits I came across:

  • Plantains have more vitamin A than bananas. They also play an important part in the visual cycle and help to enhance skin complexion.  So, if you want to maintain your vision and your complexion, try incorporating boiled plantain into your weekly diet.
  • Plantain Tea is meant to be great for treating gastritis, diarrhoea and IBS.  As we live in England, the chances of getting plantain tea is like the chance of finding a £50 note on the street.  So the next time you hear that someone is going to the Caribbean ask them to get some plantain tea for you.  If you do know where to buy plantain tea in the UK, Please share the name of the shop with us.
  • Plantain is packed with fibre, which helps to lower heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer.
  • Plantains are high in Vitamin C. Eating plantain helps fight infections that can lead to common sicknesses.  It also helps to promotes healthy gums and teeth.  Plantain contain high levels of Folic Acid, which is important to women who are trying to or have already conceived.

So as you can read, plantain is a really good vegetable to have in your daily diet.  Not only are they sweet and delicious, they really do offer a lot of health benefits if cooked right.

If you fancy trying plantain but not sure how to cook it, I have listed a recipe below for you to try.

How to Roast Plantain

You will need:

  • Greaseproof paper
  • Sharp Knife
  • Baking Tray

Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 ripe plantains (the amount you use is dependent on how many you wish to make).
  • Pinch of grounded sea salt
  • Pinch of grounded course black pepper

Instructions

 

  • Line the baking tray with grease proof paper

 

  • Pre heat oven at gas mark 6.
  • Peel the plantain then slice them diagonally.
  • Place the sliced plantain onto the roasting and place in the oven.
  • Roast them for around 20 minutes, or until they turn golden.
  • Once cooked, leave to rest in the tray for a couple of minutes so they cool down.
  • Serve immediately.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post.  Look out for Fats and Franks Kitchen’s next post which will be on the origins of Curry Goat and why it is so popular.

 

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