The modern American diet is largely based on a "cultural tradition" spawned and nurtured by intense propaganda from the food industry. Much has already come to light concerning the devastating consequences of following this propaganda. Americans are therefore suffering an excess of thyroid inhibition, arthritis, diabetes, neurological problems, obesity, cancers, depression, etc. - all because some crooked "experts" quoted in mass marketing campaigns convinced their grandparents to adopt many new "food" fads. They have grown up addicted to these new fads and ways that were sold to their grandparents by associating them with pictures of happy families, and smiling doctors.
For example, the same propaganda machine that sold cigarettes to Americans, also sold them almost everything else in the modern American diet! How long will we continue in a culture of death when God has so much life for us? Notice:
"As ad campaigns featuring physicians developed through the early 1950s, tobacco executives used the doctor image to assure the consumer that their respective brands were safe. These advertisements also suggested that the individual physicians’ clinical judgment should continue to be the arbiter of the harms of cigarette smoking even as systematic health evidence accumulated...In 1946, The RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company initiated a major new advertising campaign for Camels, one of the most popular brands in the United States. Working to establish dominance in a highly competitive market, Reynolds centered their new campaign on the memorable slogan, 'More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette'...In reality, this 'independent' surveying was conducted by RJ Reynolds's advertising agency...Along with providing images of professional trustworthiness and dedication, the 'More Doctors' ad campaign also exploited the popular faith and admiration of medical science and technology. In one such 'More Doctors' ad, a 5-year-old girl sits next to her mother in a doctor's office and proclaims, 'I'm going to grow a hundred years old' to the kindly man in white...[promoting Camel's cigarettes]..."
(Am J Public Health. 2006 February; 96)
What does all of this have to do with fried green bananas?
In modern American culture, "white potatoes" are eaten weekly, if not daily. They are also often fried in unstable, easily oxidized vegetable oils or polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), such as rapeseed/canola, soybean, corn, sunflower, safflower, and peanut - with MSG and pesticides - topped with ketchup (i.e., tomatoes, high fructose corn syrup, etc.). Potatoes and tomatoes are nightshades, which are inflammatory in the body (e.g., arthritis, indigestion, etc.). It is encouraging that an increasing number of people are starting to question this relatively recent American "tradition" of nightshades (e.g., Tom Brady, for example, who recently won another Superbowl, avoids them). Nevertheless, most Americans drift along, unaware of how their daily food choices are the cause of many of their afflictions.
There are some healthy food choices that are not linked to diabetes, indigestion, arthritis, inflammation, neurological issues, infertility, hypothyroidism, fatigue, etc., and they are often popular in some other cultures. Notice:
"In tropical countries green bananas are roasted on the ashes, dried in ovens and laid up for use; when larger, it can be fried, and makes a tempting dish..."
(The American Magazine, 1889)
"The fried green bananas served at Cuban tables are frequently mistaken at the first eating by the American visitor for Saratoga potatoes. They are sliced as thin as are the potatoes...When these are used as a vegetable, as they frequently are, they are not served with sugar..."
(The Christian Advocate, Volume 75, 1900)
"Green bananas...should only ever be eaten cooked - they can be used as the carbohydrate component, much like potatoes..."
(Peter Gordons World Kitchen, 2005)
"Fried raw bananas make a delicious snack, and are very popular in many parts of Africa and South Asia..."
(Indian Fusion Cooking, 2009)
Let us examine just some of the benefits:
Green bananas are higher in starches than ripe, yellow ones. Much of the starch is resistant. They also contain pectin. These act as pre-biotics, feeding the good bacteria in the gut. They ferment them into butyrate:
"Butyrate is physiologically produced by the microbial fermentation of dietary fibers...One remarkable property of butyrate is its ability to inhibit histone deacetylases, which is associated with the direct effects of butyrate and results in gene regulation, immune modulation, cancer suppression, cell differentiation, intestinal barrier regulation, oxidative stress reduction, diarrhea control, visceral sensitivity and intestinal motility modulation. All of these actions make butyrate an important factor for the maintenance of gut health..."
(Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2012 Sep;15)
Green bananas increase calcium absorption and other nutrients. They have good amounts of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, manganese, iron, etc. The minerals are not greatly inhibited by frying.
The green bananas are low in sugar. They are said to increase metabolism, helping the body burn more fat.
Their iron content helps produce hemoglobin in the blood.
Green bananas also contain tryptophan (like dates). This is involved in the production of serotonin:
"L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is a precursor to the brain neurotransmitter serotonin. A diet that's deficient in tryptophan reduces serotonin production in the brain and can lead to depression, anxiety, mood disorders, insomnia, poor cognition, and other brain conditions. On the contrary, research shows that a high-tryptophan diet can have a positive effect on reducing such symptoms...Sufficient levels of L-tryptophan in the body can reduce depression and anxiety. Furthermore, another in-depth study about L-tryptophan published in the journal Nutrients in 2016 showed the link between L-tryptophan depletion and mood. According to the researchers, it was clear that improved L-tryptophan levels were consistently associated with better mood...Remember that L-tryptophan is the chemical precursor to serotonin. This brain neurotransmitter plays a significant role in cognitive performance as low serotonin levels are correlated to impaired memory...Not only a diet rich in tryptophan but also a diet rich in antioxidants can have a positive impact on mood and cognition. This could be of special relevance for individuals who present with low grade inflammation conditions."
(universityhealthnews.com, Nov. 21, 2018)
They have antifungal properties.
The good amounts of B6 found in green bananas help women with PMS, etc. It also regulates hormones, thereby promoting fertility in women and men.
Green bananas have anti-cancer properties. They also protect neuronal cells from oxidative stress (aiding in neuro-degenerative diseases).
Even though they are high in starches, they are linked to weight loss, and reduced insulin levels in numerous studies! Nevertheless, to help avoid any blood sugar spikes from the high starch, eat them with some meat, and with one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Likewise, black, red or purple grapes, raisins, grape juice, red onions, red apples, etc., also contain a substance that helps inhibit sugar spikes from starches.
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