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Plantains vs. Bananas?
« on: February 01, 2011, 07:20:48 am »
Hello boys and girls.... I've just wanted to hear your opinions on these two carb sources and your experience with them. I've been experimenting with a lot of raw starches for a while now and I find these two to be excellent digestion wise compared to other raw carbs.
I only eat carbs before bed to help with serotonin production and these two seem to work the best for me lately with 5-10 raw eggs about an hour before retiring to bed.

Just want to hear your experience or opinions about these two bad boys which are tasty and ensure corpse like sleep :-) Good or bad?

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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2011, 07:21:57 am »
They are great as long as they are ripe. Plantains skin should be black when you eat them.
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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2011, 07:31:11 am »
They are great as long as they are ripe. Plantains skin should be black when you eat them.

Yeah they taste sweeter when they're black but I ate raw green ones as well :-) Kinda sharp but no problems digesting them unripe.

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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2011, 07:37:00 am »
I loathe the taste of plantains.
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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2011, 10:22:34 am »
don't plantains still have seeds?.. that makes me think they are a better choice, but idk. 

i used to love plantains!.. i'd let them get black, put them in the freezer, and then through the juicer for vanilla ice cream.. so good!

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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2011, 11:20:41 am »
I liked plantains more than cavendish bananas. I didn't feel as hypoglycemic with plantains but that's probably because it's more starchy.

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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2011, 07:18:44 pm »
I've never eaten plantains, but eat bananas almost daily - about 10-12 depending on their size! Find them very digestible and soothing for digestive tract. Never had any problems from them as long as they are properly ripe. But I only eat them as part of a fruit meal mid-morning, have meat meal later mid-afternoon. Find I sleep much better if I haven't eaten too close to bedtime. When I was still LFRV, went through a stage of eating a couple of bananas after teaching yoga in the evening, just before bed. But didn't find they did anything to improve my sleep.

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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2011, 07:33:15 pm »
Further to my previous post, I have to admit since joining this forum a few weeks ago whether it is wise or not to be eating so many bananas at all! Feels fine now, but down the line.....? So I look forward to following the posts in this thread to hear others' opinions and experiences on plantains and bananas..........
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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2011, 07:41:35 pm »
Further to my previous post, I have to admit since joining this forum a few weeks ago whether it is wise or not to be eating so many bananas at all! Feels fine now, but down the line.....? So I look forward to following the posts in this thread to hear others' opinions and experiences on plantains and bananas..........

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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2011, 08:28:47 pm »
What went wrong!
Well, that's entirely my dilemma - nothing seems to be wrong now that I am back to just one fruit meal a day, with 10-12 bananas. But my month's experience just before going raw paleo, and from all the reading I have done re non-benefit of high fruit sugar / high carb diets, has really put confusion in my mind.

Just before changing to raw paleo at beginning of this year, I decided to give the LFRV (811-style) another go, and did no overt fats at all for over a month, and two fruit-plus-greens meals a day, or sometimes second one with non-sweet fruits, more salad-style.
Two main problems with this:
Had to eat VOLUMES to feel satisfied and I just can't be doing with that full feeling, and,
If I ate two fruit meals a day, would inevitably include bananas in both and way overeat. And then would have restless sleep cos still feeling full, even tho had taught class before bed. But also suspect carb-fruit sugar overlaod making my mind overactive. So no physical problems as far as health is concerned, but mentally I think the overlaod was affecting me.

So playing on my mind now whether I should really give the bananas a break and see if something actually changes or improves.......can one become 'addicted' to bananas do you think? the thought of stopping bananas is more scary than the thought of eating raw meat was when I went raw paleo? have no idea how or what I will eat then to make up for calories!!
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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2011, 02:21:42 am »
Just want to hear your experience or opinions about these two bad boys which are tasty and ensure corpse like sleep :-) Good or bad?

Bananas and plantains are sugar bombs. If you are on a high fat diet it's not advisable to eat them, IMO.

If you eat plantains, make sure that they are ripe. They must be completely black, it needs usually at least 1-2 weeks after buying...

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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2011, 03:02:40 am »
If you eat plantains, make sure that they are ripe. They must be completely black, it needs usually at least 1-2 weeks after buying...

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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2011, 03:39:22 am »
So playing on my mind now whether I should really give the bananas a break and see if something actually changes or improves.......can one become 'addicted' to bananas do you think? the thought of stopping bananas is more scary than the thought of eating raw meat was when I went raw paleo? have no idea how or what I will eat then to make up for calories!!

Ah, don’t go from an extreme to the other! I don’t think bananas are addictive,  we normally feel when we have enough of it. 10 or 12 everyday is much, but you should be fed up with it one day. Anyway,  I think it would be good for you to broaden you carb sources so that it does not depend on bananas only, and once a day would be more than enough. Try sweet potatoes, overripe plantains (much more wild and nurishing than cavendish),  sugar cane, coconut germs, other fruits.

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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2011, 05:10:07 pm »
Ah, don’t go from an extreme to the other! I don’t think bananas are addictive,  we normally feel when we have enough of it. 10 or 12 everyday is much, but you should be fed up with it one day. Anyway,  I think it would be good for you to broaden you carb sources so that it does not depend on bananas only, and once a day would be more than enough. Try sweet potatoes, overripe plantains (much more wild and nurishing than cavendish),  sugar cane, coconut germs, other fruits.

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Thanks Francois - a wise suggestion, to broaden my carb sources. Thanks for the ideas. We only get the white sweet potatoes in South Africa (they are local). I don't think they are as nourishing as the orange ones. I tried some raw the other day - very starchy. Will increase ration of other fruits, maybe source some plantains in the meantime.
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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2011, 01:19:57 am »
You can be 'addicted' to anything at all coffee, crack, masturbation  -d , sunsets, beach, blondes, billiars and....bananas! haha but it's not whatever one is addicted to that is the real problem, it's what is going on in your mind that is allowing you to let go of self control.

As for fruits, or any sugar concentrating food must be eaten in moderate quantities only, and this will vary from person to person. The important thing is to learn to really listen to your body because it is always telling you what it wants and needs and what it doesn't. Even if you're not perceiving the signals, or recognizing them, they're still there.

I also think Bronwen, that it's sooo cool that you are that open to changing your outlook and are following after truth. It's so rare.

Someone above said that if you're on a high fat diet your wouldn't want to eat lots of sugar or fruits but I would disagree, I'd say that would be the best time to do so. Fat is there to, among other things, protect and insulate the body from toxins and it probably slows down the absorption of sugar in to the blood, moderating the body's need to produce insulin.

Also when trying to determine how much sugar to intake you can consider how much exercise you get.

In any case it's almost certainly risky to bomb your system with sugar. Mainstream medicine says 50 grams of sugar per day per person is a good limit, but mainstream medicine is whacked so it's best to be even more conservative if possible. Above all, listen very carefully to the body.

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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2011, 07:32:52 pm »
Thanks Citrushigh - some good points to keep in mind, probably the main one being where the MIND is at in the whole thing!!
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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2011, 10:21:27 am »
Well, that's entirely my dilemma - nothing seems to be wrong now that I am back to just one fruit meal a day, with 10-12 bananas. But my month's experience just before going raw paleo, and from all the reading I have done re non-benefit of high fruit sugar / high carb diets, has really put confusion in my mind.

Just before changing to raw paleo at beginning of this year, I decided to give the LFRV (811-style) another go, and did no overt fats at all for over a month, and two fruit-plus-greens meals a day, or sometimes second one with non-sweet fruits, more salad-style.
Two main problems with this:
Had to eat VOLUMES to feel satisfied and I just can't be doing with that full feeling, and,
If I ate two fruit meals a day, would inevitably include bananas in both and way overeat. And then would have restless sleep cos still feeling full, even tho had taught class before bed. But also suspect carb-fruit sugar overlaod making my mind overactive. So no physical problems as far as health is concerned, but mentally I think the overlaod was affecting me.

So playing on my mind now whether I should really give the bananas a break and see if something actually changes or improves.......can one become 'addicted' to bananas do you think? the thought of stopping bananas is more scary than the thought of eating raw meat was when I went raw paleo? have no idea how or what I will eat then to make up for calories!!


Carbs are addictive, period.  I know that RV eaters might disagree, but when I ate SAD I gravitated towards near 100% carbs, as in doughnuts, cake, pasta, bread, bagels.  I wasn't even interested in meat, fruit or vegetables.  If I bought those things they would often end up rotting in my fridge, I couldn't seem to fit them into any meals. 

I eat fruits now but they are so low in carbs compared to the stuff I used to eat I don't have to worry too much, though the more I eat the more I want to eat.  I would prefer to eat closer to ZC but I cannot afford it right now... so I supplement my diet with a little fruit and dairy, olive oil, coconut oil, butter, etc.

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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2017, 07:22:50 pm »
Hi,

Plantains do look quite similar to green bananas, but when they ripen, they actually turn black and then can be used as a vegetable to cook. I have eaten both and must say that both taste quite the same i.e. sweet, though plantain has starchy flavor. It's the only thing that I can update you about.

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Re: Plantains vs. Bananas?
« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2017, 08:06:04 pm »
Plantains (...) can be used as a vegetable to cook.

This forum is about raw paleo nutrition. We eat everything raw, including plantains.
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« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2017, 09:20:33 pm »
Depending on the variety, plaintains are generally fully edible and tasty when the skin is yellow with perhaps a hint of brown, but before it turns black. A few black spots here and there are ok. If you have any doubts, press lightly on it with your fingers, it should have a little give all throughout the plaintain (sometimes certain parts ripen faster than others). In this state it will be sweet and soft enough to eat, but it will still contain plenty of raw edible starch. This is the ideal way to consume them in my opinion, and is roughly equivalent to most green unripe banana varieties, except the flavor is much better.

If you wait until plantains are entirely black in the skin, with the variety I've most often come across, you'll get the sugar bomb, which is what we're trying to avoid.

If there are hard spots or if the skin is green, inside you will find something that is way too hard and way too starchy to be palatable. It's worse than a raw wild potato. It can however be edible if you blend it with other foods, but in this case you would just be using it as a starch supplement, because there'll be almost no flavor in it.
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« Reply #20 on: June 23, 2017, 09:50:52 pm »
What do you mean by "sugar bomb"? You're trying to avoid it, not me. I eat them either still yellow as you say, or overripe and black: very tasty in both states and very sweet in the last.
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« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2017, 10:11:16 pm »
That amount of sugar in a fruit is not natural. There is no way our paleo ancestors would've had access to fruit that was so sweet. Through selective breeding and other farming practices, we've turned most of our fruits into candy that grows in a tree. So we have to be careful with them.
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« Reply #22 on: June 23, 2017, 10:43:12 pm »
Cempedaks, jackfruits, various sapote, arbutus (for example) and many other wild and extremely ancient fruits are naturally very sweet, full of sugars. 
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« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2017, 12:10:57 am »
Cempedaks, jackfruits, various sapote, arbutus (for example) and many other wild and extremely ancient fruits are naturally very sweet, full of sugars. 
Yes, but most of us cannot get hold of such fruits where we are. I had one lucky source of very rare fruits, medlars, while in the UK, but over here it's hopeless. Orkos seems too expensive, if that is what you were going to suggest....
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« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2017, 05:08:09 am »
I didn't think about Orkos, I just meant that at least some of our ancestors had access to sweet wild fruits and in South East Asia or in Amazonia we can still gorge on it. Even in Europe, we have sweet wild medlars, arbutus, figs, etc.
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