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    Plantains: A Superfood

    Plantains have long been a staple in African and Caribbean diets. Aside from their great flavor (which can be sweet or savory), plantains have a wealth of nutritional value. Including plantains in the diet can effectively treat and/or prevent a number of the ailments that plague the Black community.

    For instance, plantains are very high in vitamin C. This means they can strengthen the immune system and help the body reduce infection. Vitamin C also protects against autoimmune diseases, which affect women at a disproportionate rate. Autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia affects around 6 million Americans, and around 90 percent of those living with the disease are women. Black women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than their white peers, so including foods like plantain the diet could prove beneficial.

    Plantains also contain vitamin A, which is essential for skin and eye health, since it keeps the mucus membranes functioning properly. This is a large part of the reason that authentic black soap, which has been used by Black women for centuries, contains plantain peel.

    It is also recommended that pregnant women eat foods like plantain. The fruit is high in folic acid, as well as other nutrients in the folate group, like niacin, thiamin and riboflavin. These are all necessary for a baby’s proper nerve and brain development in the womb. The fruit is also a natural diuretic and relieves pain and bloating, particularly during the menstrual cycle, because of its high potassium content.

    While Black women and men can be at risk for heart disease, a woman dies every minute of this condition. Black women are much more likely to develop heart disease than white women, and plantain, which is high in magnesium, can help to lower this risk. Magnesium is also necessary for strengthening the bones, and can decrease the chances of osteoporosis in men and women.

    Plantains, which are in the same plant family as bananas, can’t be eaten raw. They can be cut into thin slices and fried for a low-fat alternative to the potato chip, or can be sautéed with butter and brown sugar for a sweet treat. Plantain can also be baked or broiled and served with dishes like beans and rice or marinated meats to add more fiber and healthy carbohydrates to a meal.
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    Plantains, which are in the same plant family as bananas, can’t be eaten raw.



    peeps need proofread bettar cah ripe plaintains can be eaten raw
    I have no desire to take all black people back to Africa; there are blacks who are no good here and will likewise be no good there.
    Marcus Garvey

    satire protected speech soo more fiyah

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    I detest this idea of superfoods..... .... does Kale has any more nutrients than spinach ???? or cabbage or lettuce ? All from the brassica family....

    Potatoes have vitamin C.. And vitamin A... Yesterday i heard on a cooking program super foods were Sweet potato, Beans, eggs...dont piss on my back and tell me it is rtaining.. This is the identical myth of gluten as being evil...less than 1% of the population is gluten intolerant and those suffer from silicacs disease....

    Does plantains have so secrect additional nutrient that bananas dont have ? Given that you have to cook plantains... that degrades all the vitamins.. vitamin C is degraded by time and heat... and then there is a question of what oil you fry them in..coarse you could roast tehm, but htey are not as scrumscious as frying them....

    A balance diet...eat more raw fruit...daily..eat green vegtables coloured vegetables.. and wash your fruit with soap before you eat them!

    as a child in the country i ate what was avialbe... this made it what the marketing is call seasonal produce... orange season was different from mango, different from hog berry, differetrnt from tambrine...
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    Preach.

    the whole super food concept is too gimmicky for my taste. Kale, acai, chia seeds, quinoa,

    everything in in moderation is what I live by (I try to eat as organic and as close to its natural state as possible, and limit sugars).

    Besides, I man doan heet ripe plawtain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peasie View Post
    Preach.

    the whole super food concept is too gimmicky for my taste. Kale, acai, chia seeds, quinoa,
    Me did tink a me one feel suh. KMT
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    don't know bout the superfood bit , but know dat di I drink some nice plantain porridge every mawning while mi did deh yard.....mercy....every mawning
    u so fake, even China denied mekking u

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