In our country, bananas very quickly gained popularity, especially since this fruit is available at almost any time of the year. A much less popular, but no less tasty option is dried bananas, or figs.
They got their well-deserved popularity because they are very convenient to use: they take up little space, while remaining a nutritious and very useful snack. This is especially useful if you monitor your diet, or cannot eat properly at work. However, it is important to remember that when dried, bananas also acquire much greater calorie content: they contain about 5 times more calories than fresh fruits, which in themselves are not very dietary. Therefore, if you want to lose weight, treat dried bananas with caution. In any case, remember that only eating in moderation makes the products truly healthy.
Dried bananas are not very popular with us, but in Asian countries they even make chips. To do this, they are very dried, adding sugar to them, and sometimes even salt. The result is a very original snack, which harms the body much less than the usual potato chips. Although, of course, the combination of salt and banana is a combination only for true gourmets. However, when eating it is important to remember that they have the same properties as seeds - you can eat a huge amount of them and not even notice it. Therefore, try either to add dried bananas to dishes, especially to cereals like oatmeal, or strictly dose the amount that you are going to eat, because even the most useful foods with frequent use can become harmful.
How to choose dried bananas
If you don’t cook on your own, but want to buy ready-made dried bananas, pay attention to how they were dried. If this is a sweet snack, which was prepared using caramel, it is better to refuse such a purchase, buy fresh fruits and cook them at home. Remember that dried bananas themselves are enough high-calorie foods, and adding sugar caramel or honey to them will only increase calorie content, and the sugar content in the product will provide a sharp jump in blood sugar.
How to dry bananas at home
Dried bananas can be perfectly prepared at home, for this you do not need any special devices or preservatives. To do this, you need to peel fresh fruits, cut them into neat circles about 5 cm thick, put on a baking sheet and dry in a warm place at a temperature of 30 to 40 degrees. The result is bananas that will have a rich brown color. If you use the “baby” variety, you can not cut them, leave them whole, only peel them first.
During the drying process, up to 80% of the water leaves the banana, so they will become much smaller. However, they will remain as healthy as fresh fruits, preserving an almost complete supply of vitamins and minerals. Place the finished product in a glass or cardboard box, store in a dry place for up to 12 months.
To make dried bananas at home, it is best, of course, to use a special fruit dryer. Otherwise, you need at least an electric oven, or something else that can maintain the optimum temperature for them (about 40 degrees). Exceeding the temperature will make the bananas baked rather than dried. Cut them into circles about 5 centimeters wide, and then dip them in a mixture of lemon juice and water if desired. This is necessary so that they retain their color and do not darken. To do this, you need to mix lemon fresh with water in a proportion of one to two, but if you do not care about the color of the finished product, you can safely skip this step.
Bananas must be placed in this mixture for half a minute, then removed, spread on a baking sheet and dried. At an optimum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius, it will take you about 18 hours to completely dry the product. Remember that in the oven at the same temperature you will need about 5 hours. In addition, you can dry the bananas and just in the fresh air, if it is very hot outside. To do this, you also need to spread them on parchment, but be sure to cover them with gauze so that midges do not sit on them. In this case, place them directly in the open sun, and then regularly check the condition. As soon as a characteristic sweet crust forms on the fruit, we can assume that they are ready.
Composition of Dried Bananas
One dried banana contains the daily norm of vitamin B6, which we need in order to speed up the metabolism, as well as maintain the functioning of the nervous system. In addition to vitamin B6, they contain a wide range of other B vitamins, sucrose, which gives them a sweet taste, and phosphorus, which is indispensable for mental activity.
|Calorie content||346 kcal|
|Saturated Fatty Acids||0.2 g|
|Mono- and disaccharides||19 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids||0.2 g|
|Organic acids||0.4 g|
|Alimentary fiber||1.7 g|
|Vitamin PP||0.9 mg|
|Vitamin K||0.5 mcg|
|Vitamin E||0.4 mg|
|Vitamin C||10 mg|
|Vitamin B9||10 mcg|
|Vitamin B6||0.4 mg|
|Vitamin B5||0.3 mg|
|Vitamin B2||0.05 mg|
|Vitamin B1||0.04 mg|
|Vitamin A||20 mcg|
|Beta carotene||0.12 mg|
Dried bananas have a lot of useful properties, in principle the same as you can find with fresh fruits. They contain a high concentration of potassium, which is necessary for the normal functioning of the cardiovascular system, as well as to improve communication between neurons. In addition, it is very useful for a good condition of the skin and hair, its deficiency immediately becomes noticeable and affects the appearance.
The beneficial properties of dried bananas
Dried bananas can even be used for medicinal purposes, in particular, they very well help to cope with constipation, in this they very well replace pharmaceutical medicines. The main thing is not to get involved in such treatment, since bananas still have too many calories. It is very useful to periodically use them for people who suffer from anemia, as the substances contained in them stimulate the production of blood cells. They are also prescribed to those who suffer from chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, such as, for example, ulcers or gastritis, since dried bananas are very easily absorbed, give the body the maximum amount of nutrients, and also improve bowel function.
They are also suitable for those who have problems of the cardiovascular system, since they support the work of the heart and the good condition of the vessels, and are also able to remove harmful salts from the body. Dried bananas help the body remove excess fluid, along with salts, which helps relieve swelling. They can also be taken with an ulcer, since their fibrous composition is very easily digested and does not damage the gastric mucosa.
They help with:
- cardiovascular disease;
- to support the nervous system;
- for the proper formation of the body;
- with edema.
Bananas, both fresh and dried, are recommended for smokers. Firstly, they help at least slightly reduce the harm that nicotine causes to the body, and secondly, they help to combat the craving for smoking. With regular use, bananas even help to cope with stress and reduce the level of anxiety and nervousness (like tomatoes and sesame), this is made possible thanks to their vitamin B. Vitamin E, which is also found in fresh and dried fruits, is very useful for the condition. skin and hair. With regular use, this will become noticeable, not only the mood will improve, but also the appearance.
Dried Bananas for Kids
Many are interested in the question of whether it is possible to give dried bananas to children. Many berries and fruits can cause an allergy in the baby, especially if he is very young, but bananas, both fresh and dried, remain a hypoallergenic product, so you can safely include them in the diet of children. Moreover, dried bananas are even beneficial for children, as they contain a high concentration of vitamin C, which contribute to the good functioning of the immune system and helps with colds.
Interesting facts about bananas
Not everyone knows this, but bananas, both fresh and dried, contain substances that stimulate the production of the hormone of joy, so we can say that those people who regularly use them are the happiest people in the world. In any case, their regular use can improve mood, increase efficiency and maintain the nervous system. Dried fruits are very good for athletes, because they contain a high concentration of calories, which means they can give a lot of energy. Their natural composition saturates the body with useful substances, which is also very important for those involved in sports.
How to eat dried bananas
Due to its high calorie content, it is best to eat bananas in the morning. For example, oatmeal with fresh or dried fruit will be a very healthy breakfast. You can also use them as decorations and additives to confectionery products, such as cakes and pastries. But, of course, it is best to use dried bananas in their pure form: firstly, they themselves very well replace desserts even for the most capricious children, and secondly, they are already quite high in calories. You can even cook compotes from dried bananas if you are ready for experiments and want to try such a drink.
Contraindications and harm
Any most useful product has its contraindications. Dried bananas, for example, should not be consumed by people who want to lose weight. At least, it is necessary to strictly control their amount in the diet. Due to the high concentration of sugar, they are contraindicated in people who suffer from diabetes.
The amount of dried bananas consumed in food must also be strictly dosed to people who suffer from excessive blood clotting, including one that leads to blood clots, as well as after a heart attack or stroke.
It is advisable to avoid combination with milk, as this can cause bloating. On the other hand, the combination of banana with milk helps to gain weight, so that in small quantities it can be consumed by those people who need to get better.