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Plantains are healthy, but they lose their health benefits if you cook them with a lot of oil, fat, or sugar. High-fat, high-salt, or high-sugar foods can raise your risk of weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.

In developing countries, many people grind plantains into flour and bake them into snacks or street foods. But if the fruit or the flour isn't stored or handled properly, these treats might look tasty, but they could make you sick.

From: Plantains WebMD Medical Reference

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ConsumerReports.org: “Are Plantains Good for You?”

BlackDoctor.org: “Bananas vs. Plantains: Why Knowing the Difference Can Save Your Life.”

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: “Bananas.”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “The Particulars of Plantains.”

Promusa.org: “Plantain subgroup.”

NutritionValue.org: “Plantains, raw.”

The Johns Hopkins Patient Guide to Diabetes: “What Is Resistant Starch?”

The Open Biochemistry Journal : “Effect of Unripe Plantain (Musa paradisiaca) and Ginger (Zingiber officinale) on Blood Glucose, Body Weight and Feed Intake of Streptozotocin-induced Diabetic Rats.”

Open Access Library Journal : “Microbiological Quality Assessment of Pupuru and Plantain Flours in an Open Market in Akure, Ondo State, South Western Nigeria.”

Journal of Food Science and Technology: “Plantain Peel: A potential source of antioxidant dietary fibre for developing functional cookies.”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on August 14, 2019

SOURCES:

ConsumerReports.org: “Are Plantains Good for You?”

BlackDoctor.org: “Bananas vs. Plantains: Why Knowing the Difference Can Save Your Life.”

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: “Bananas.”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “The Particulars of Plantains.”

Promusa.org: “Plantain subgroup.”

NutritionValue.org: “Plantains, raw.”

The Johns Hopkins Patient Guide to Diabetes: “What Is Resistant Starch?”

The Open Biochemistry Journal : “Effect of Unripe Plantain (Musa paradisiaca) and Ginger (Zingiber officinale) on Blood Glucose, Body Weight and Feed Intake of Streptozotocin-induced Diabetic Rats.”

Open Access Library Journal : “Microbiological Quality Assessment of Pupuru and Plantain Flours in an Open Market in Akure, Ondo State, South Western Nigeria.”

Journal of Food Science and Technology: “Plantain Peel: A potential source of antioxidant dietary fibre for developing functional cookies.”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on August 14, 2019

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