Plantains may look like bananas, but they don’t necessarily taste like them. In fact, unripe or green plantains may taste more like potatoes.
The nutritional content of plantains varies greatly depending on their level of ripeness and how they’re prepared. Plantains can either be a high-fiber and nutritious choice, or a salty, fried snack food. Cooked plantains are nutritionally very similar to a potato, calorie-wise, but contain more of certain vitamins and minerals. They’re a rich source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and B-6, and the minerals magnesium and potassium.
Plantains are rich sources of complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, and are easily digestible.
Plantains contain a good amount of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C in a single cup. This vitamin acts as an antioxidant which may help boost your immune system.
The high amount of potassium found in plantains is essential for maintaining the cell and body fluids that control your heart rate and blood pressure.