What is Plantain?

What is Plantain?

Did you know Plantains have more potassium than bananas. Plantains are the cousin to the bananas, and much like a banana it is a fruit, however plantains are less sweet, have a more savoury taste than bananas and are only eaten after being cooked. 

Benefits of Plantain

Plantains are a great source of fibre, potassium, vitamins such as vitamins A, C and B6 and antioxidants that fight free radicals. 100g of plantain contains approximately 8% of your daily recommended intake of fibre. Vitamin C is a key nutrient for boosting your immune system and plantains are rich in Vitamin C. 100g of plantain contain 30% of your daily recommended does of Vitamin C. 

Plantain moreover make you feel fuller for longer and provide you with energy. So when you are going for a run, to the gym or want a pick me up at breakfast or lunch time, plantains are the perfect option. 

Plantain Crisps are also a great alternative to potato crisps, as plantain crisps contain 30% less fat. 

It is also important to mention the great source of magnesium plantain provides. 100g of plantains provide 16% of your daily recommended intake of magnesium.

How does Potassium help me?

Potassium is an electrolyte your body needs to stay healthy. It is one of the seven essential minerals your body needs to work properly. For your nerves it works to help them function and it helps your muscles contract. It is important in helping your body move nutrients into cells and waste products out of cells. Sounds important right? Right, potassium also helps your heartbeat stay regular. The amazing thing about Plantains is they are rich in potassium. Foods that contain potassium can help manage blood pressure by reducing the negative impact of sodium. 

What is the daily recommended intake of potassium?

The adequate intake of potassium differs from male to female adults (19+). A woman(19+) is recommended 2,600mg of potassium daily. A man (19+) is recommended 3,400mg per day. 100g of plantains contain 477mg of potassium, a huge way towards eating your daily recommended amount.

Grab yourself a bag of Sunmo Plantain Crisps and tell us how amazing it makes you feel. 

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