Are you in the habit of discarding your overripe banana? Do you consider it bad or out of its eating prime? Do you always toss or bin your overripe banana with black spots? It might interest you to read about some health benefits and cooking uses of overripe bananas.
Are overripe Bananas healthier?
Here is the truth. Overripe bananas are surprisingly healthier and provide more nutritional values in our body.
Overripe bananas have higher levels of antioxidants compared to green or yellow bananas.
One of the outstanding health values of overripe bananas is that it contains more of a substance called Tumor Necrosis Factor(TFN). This is a cancer-fighting substance produced by the black spots inside overripe bananas. Tumor necrosis factor helps break down abnormal cells in our systems and prevent them from developing into cancer. However, overripe bananas do not cure cancer but it helps in boosting our immune systems against it as concluded by a study carried out by the Japanse published in Food Science and Technology Research. However, several articles including one of the articles by the healthy-holistic-living.com stated that Tumor necrosis factor on the peel of spotty overripe bananas kills abnormal and cancerous cells.
Benefits of overripe bananas
Lowers Blood Pressure
All bananas including the green, yellow or overripe ones have a high source of potassium, fiber, vitamin C and B-6. Overripe bananas have high concentrations of antioxidants which help our circulatory system function very well thereby helping your body fight against heart attacks and strokes. Ripe bananas can be stored in the freezer to reduce the lost of micronutrients which diminishes as bananas overripe.
Overripe bananas especially those with black spots have been known to act as an antacid. Unripe bananas contain more potassium nitrate which actually causes heartburn. However overripe bananas protect the stomach linings from irritations and harmful acids.
Bananas are easily converted to simple sugar when overripen. This makes it sweeter and easy to digest simply because it has less starch to break down when consumed. Overripe bananas help those who experience constipation or digestive disorder to take a frequent trip to the restroom.
Brown-Spotted Bananas Are Immune Boosters
The older and sweeter bananas have become, the increase in the number of brown spots which suggests how much sugar the banana contains. Brown spots on overripe bananas can also be considered as tiny immune boosters because of its high and rich contents of antioxidants associated with cancer prevention. So, have a rethink before you bin your brown spotted bananas.
Rich In Vitamin B6
You may be reading it for the first that bananas with brown spots are ‘nature’s air conditioner!’. This is because eating ripe bananas help calm down your nervous system by making it less warm. Ripe bananas have a high content of Vitamin B6. Several studies have reviewed the effectiveness of vitamin B6 in alleviating symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and helping temperature control.
Overripe Bananas Help Soothe Your Ulcers
Overripe bananas have a soft texture that can help coat an ulcer patient’s stomach lining thus, preventing acid from aggravating the ulcers. However, it has been noted that eating bananas won’t cause any additional pain during an ulcer flare.
Natural Energy Booster
Overripe bananas contain more natural sugars which are a good source of carbohydrates. Eating two or more bananas provide you with enough strength for about 90 minutes workout.
Can diabetics eat overripe bananas?
People with diabetes should be concerned about the type of banana they eat and should consider eating bananas in moderation. The mineral, vitamins and high fiber content in bananas are sources of additional nutrients for people with diabetes hence an individual doesn’t consume excessive of it.
However, those with diabetes are better of eating green or underripe bananas this is because the starch in a banana converts to sugars as it becomes yellow or overripe. Hence, eating overly ripe bananas are likely to cause a sudden rise in their blood sugar.
If you are concerned about the number of calories you consume, don’t forget that both unripe and overripe bananas have the same amount of calories. No other fruit that contains many calories more than bananas. You can read more about how many calories bananas have in this article.
7 Ways to use overripe bananas
You can put those overripe bananas that you are about to get rid of into good uses in your kitchen. Often at times when a banana goes saggy and loses its firmness, it becomes unattractive to eat but an overripe banana can be mashed and use for different snacks, smoothies, cookies, and many others. Have a look at some of the tasty edibles you can use your overripe bananas for in your kitchen.
Banana Ice cream
It is very easy to make banana ice cream at home with overripe bananas. Simply peel and cut overripe bananas into pieces. Put into a bag and keep in the freezer, allow to frozen, then blend until it becomes smooth. You can add unsweetened yogurt, milk or a teaspoon of peanut butter just for a special treat.
Take a couple of overripe bananas that you stash in your fridge, mash up and use it to make a loaf of delicious bread. Don’t forget the older and uglier they become, the more flavor they will add to your bread. Always keep your overripe bananas in the fridge until you are ready to use them. Overripe bananas can be stored in the fridge for more than two months.
You can make a delicious pancake with just two ingredients, overripe banana, and egg. All you need do, just mash up one banana, two eggs whisked together, add a pinch of baking soda then, heat up a frying pan, add a little amount of oil, allow to heat. Then pour small circles of the mixed banana and egg into the hot pan, allow to cook for a minute on each side and finally serve. It can serve for a good breakfast or snacks any time of the day.
Milkshakes and smoothies.
Slice and add up overripe bananas to your milkshakes and smoothies. They spice up your drinks with creamy ingredients and appetizing flavors.
Slice overripe bananas into smaller sizes, add them in your cookies to make it tender, soft and delicious.
Mash a couple of overripe bananas and make tasty muffins for breakfast or pack up for lunch boxes or snacks.
How To Store Bananas
Don’t ever think of throwing your overripe bananas away because you can simply store them in the freezer for future use.
I am suddenly becoming so addicted to smoothies lately, I usually have unsweetened yogurt in the fridge so I easily make my tasty banana smoothie or ice cream anytime I want. Interestingly, the ripper the bananas are the sweeter the smoothie. So it’s always good to have overripe bananas handy.
Don’t make the same mistake I made the first time I stored bananas in the freezer. I stored my bananas in the freezer with the skin unpeeled. A day after I was going to use the banana, the skin was so hard and stuck to the flesh that it was a hard task for me to peel. I throw them into a cold bowl of water but the outcome was so messy that I didn’t hesitate to have them binned.
Now, read below how to store your overripe bananas to be used when you are ready.
Don’t ever store your bananas in the freezer with the skin on because freezing bananas with the skin will definitely be a hard work to peel when they are frozen. I usually cut the peel down open from the side because they at times become too soft and might get messy if I tried opening one in a regular way. Simply cut it open from the side, then pop it out, cut into chunks, wrap individually or wrap the chunks in portions in kitchen white bags or ziplock bags.
Then store them in the freezer. If you want to use them for muffins or banana bread, bring them out from the freezer and defrost in the fridge overnight. For ice creams or smoothies, take bananas straight from the freezer, put in the blender and blend until it is smooth. Save your overripe bananas in the freezer for the rainy day.
How To Know If A Banana Is Bad
You can find out if your banana has spoilt by simply smelling it, always pay attention to moldy, mildewed or rotten scent. A banana is bad or rotten from either inside or outside when it smells bad.
1. Check bananas for firmness
Make a gentle squeeze or press on the banana to determine if it is strong. A good banana usually feels soft, bad bananas will be mushy and very soft when touched.
2. Examine the skin
Always consider bananas with yellow skins, it doesn’t matter if they have a few brown spots. Remember, brown spots on a banana doesn’t suggest the banana is bad. You may want to avoid buying bananas with too much mold on the skin or those with extensive browning, as they might have started going bad inside and are not likely to last long at home.
3. Check for an unusual brown spot when peeled
When you unskilled the banana, check if there’s one black or brown spot inside. Simply cut out the bit and eat your banana. Moreover, an unusual or a big black spot on the banana means is bad.
4. Taste the banana
You can also determine if a banana is bad by giving it a bite. Once it tastes good, it means your banana is good even if it has some spots or it’s a little mushy. Throw the banana away if it tastes unusual.
However, most people prefer overripe and brown spotted bananas because of their health reasons. They don’t mind even if it is a bit mushy. You can peel and store the overripe bananas in the freezer for later uses for smoothies or baking.