Health Benefits of Green Banana Flour
- Improves insulin sensitivity. See study conducted in 2015
- Lowers cholesterol levels. See study conducted in 2016
- Good for gut health. When green banana flour is consumed and fermented in the gut, Butyrate a short-chain fatty acid is formed which supports good gut bacteria and a healthy intestinal ecosystem.
- Increases feeling satiety and aids weight loss. See study conducted in 2010
Gluten is a protein molecule found in certain grains, such as wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is highly allergenic to those who have celiac disease, a condition when gluten triggers an immune response which damages the intestinal villi, fingerlike projections in the small intestine lining that aid nutrient absorption. Even those not clinically diagnosed as celiacs can still be negatively affected by the gluten protein. The National Institutes of Health report that exposure to gluten, especially wheat flour, can cause an inflammatory response in the body, even in healthy individuals. Simply breathing in flour dust is found to cause inflammation of the lungs. Inflammation in the body can cause arthritis and even organ damage. This is why green banana flour is an easy alternative to use in place of regular wheat flour. It is gluten-free and does not trigger an inflammatory response within the body.
High in Fibre
Green banana flour is rich in prebiotic fibre that supports a healthy gut and improves digestions. Adding banana flour to baked goods, cereal or even a spoonful to smoothies will significantly raise daily fibre intake.
Rich in resistant starch
Resistant starch is not rapidly digested in the small intestine but instead reaches the large intestine and acts as a fermentable dietary fibre thus improving insulin sensitivity and maintaining a healthy blood sugar level even in diabetic individuals.
Banana Flour can be used to make bread, cakes, waffles, pies and other baked goods. It can even be used in dessert crusts, crumbles, smoothies, protein bars and energy balls.
Substitute 1 cup of flour with 2/3 cup of green banana flour.
Tried and tested recipes we found online with banana flour.