As you may have read in my previous post, green plantains are a very good source of resistant starch. There are many ways to incorporate green plantains into one’s diet. This is one way to get resistant starch into your diet and to get hooked on green plantains as well!
Plantain chips are a terrific snack food especially when they are fried in coconut oil.
Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which is known for being anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Lauric and palmitic fatty acids are found in mother’s breast milk and help protect the infant against pathogens. Studies have shown the antimicrobial benefits of coconut oil.
Investigations on the effects of the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil, on neurological diseases such Alzheimer’s, (here) show benefits. Other research shows coconut oil to benefit epilepsy and it is used with epileptic children to help induce ketosis.
People in the Tropics and Asia have thrived on a coconut based diet for centuries with excellent health. For example, in the South the Tokelauans eat over 60% of their food calories from coconut — yet, according to this study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they enjoy excellent health with no heart disease.
See more of the many benefits of coconut oil here.
Plantains contain more potassium and vitamin A than regular bananas. They also have plenty of folate and the B vitamins, vitamin C and phosphorus. Plantains contain moderate amounts of mineral like calcium and zinc. (source)
The question of how much to eat is difficult to answer because we all have different microbiome configurations. Someone who typically eats a lot of starches may not have any problem with eating a portion of resistant starch. Someone who has not been eating starches in general may have difficulty with resistant starch because they do not have large colonies of the bacterial strains that feed upon it.
When you start to eat a prebiotic food that contains resistant starch, such as green plantains, use caution as to how much you eat. If you experience intestinal gas, upset or bloating, that is a sign that your bacteria need nurturing and you need to take it slowly.
If there are any other people around when you cook up these plantains, that won’t be a problem.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: Not enough