The Yellow vs. Green Banana Debate
One of the greatest debates of all time is the controversial yellow banana vs. green banana.
The debate comes to mind as I'm happily enjoying a delicious and healthy banana for breakfast. As I slowly unpeeled the skin from the fruit, I was happy to see that although the banana was yellow, there wasn't a single brown spot—the ultimately perfect ripeness.
While some people prefer to eat bananas while they are unripe and gree, I just can't do it. There's just something about the texture, the graininess, and the acidic bitter taste with which I just can't get on board. However, they say that it's beneficial to eat a green banana before it ripens.
According to OneGreenPlanet.org, green bananas contain much less sugar than yellow due to the high starch content, allowing those with Type 2 Diabetes to enjoy a banana without becoming ill. It's a great option for those who have to be careful with what they eat and yes, I get that. Not to sound insensitive, I just personally can't get past the taste, but if I had food allergies or an illness that prevented me from consuming anything with a high sugar content, I'd have no choice.
However, as extra healthy as green bananas may be, be aware that green bananas are responsible for bloat and gas. You can thank the high resistant starch content for that. Awesome.
On the other hand, there are some great benefits to eating yellow bananas that I can totally get behind. Yellow bananas are packed with antioxidants and digestive-friendly enzymes. 'Tis the season to get sick, so I plan on eating a lot of bananas, but only if they're yellow.
I recently asked my friends and family on my personal Facebook what they preferred and the results were, well, not surprising:
Whoever the 14 percent is, you clearly have no idea what you're missing out on with a yellow banana (insert "eye-roll" emoji here).
In conclusion, a banana in general is a very healthy option if you're looking for something to munch on. Whether it's green or yellow, you're still going to get positive benefits. All I'm saying is that the texture and taste of a green banana doesn't compare to a yellow one. Unless of course it's too yellow—then it's just plain nasty.