What Is the Nutritional Content of a Plantain?


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One cup of sliced plantain that weighs 154 grams contains 179 calories. This serving also contains four grams of dietary fiber and one gram of protein. A cup of sliced plantain provides 28 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamins A and C and 24 percent of the recommended daily value of Vitamin B6 based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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What Is the Nutritional Content of a Plantain?
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Plantains belong to the same family as bananas and are similar in many ways. However, they contain more starch and less sugar than bananas; therefore, they are usually cooked or processed in some way.

Before plantains mature, they have green skin so thick that it must be cut open with a knife. After the fruit matures, it turns yellow and can be peeled just like its relative. At this stage, the fruit can be eaten raw, but it is not commonly consumed this way. Plantains can be baked, boiled, grilled or fried either in or out of their peels. When mature plantains are fried, they caramelize and turn golden brown.

Plantain plants produce fruit year round and are a reliable food source in many tropical areas of the world. This is particularly important for developing countries where food storage and preservation is inadequate.

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