Monday, May 18, 2015

HOW HEALTHY IS BANANA CUE? For Banana Lovers Like Me

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If you're a banana lover like me, you probably love eating banana cue and turon as well. Banana cue is dip frying "saba" or cardava banana rolled in brown sugar. Turon, on the other hand, is "saba" or cardava banana wrapped in egg-roll wrapper, the type used for spring rolls, sprinkled with brown sugar. Sometimes, they even put slices of langka or jackfruit in it. SM Save More outlets sellthem for only P15 per big piece.

Anyway, if you eat these cooked bananas, what health benefit do you get? Do you get all the health benefits bananas give?

Cooked bananas give you dietary fibers, nothing more, nothing less. Well, you also get some carbohydrates from the brown sugar and fat from the cooking oil. By the way, included here is sweetened "saba" which is banana boiled in water with brown sugar and sometimes added with vanilla extract. At least with this, you eliminate cooking oil.

Bananas are supposed to be super healthy with lots of vitamins and minerals plus digestive enzymes to give you healthy digestion. Bananas are healthier than apples. But all those benefits evaporate in the air when you cook banana. Sorry about that, but it's the truth. Bad news for me, too. Anyway, cooked and sweetened banana is still lots better than other desserts. I'd settle anytime for banana cue or turon or banana with syrup than pastries, cakes, candies, or other junk desserts. At least you still get fibers from cooked bananas.

And definitely, I'd settle with anything made of banana than anything with caffeine.

Health buffs say you have to have some raw plant food in your diet regularly. Among my choice is "saba." I love eating uncooked ripe "saba" because of its rich flavor and plump meat. Now and then I eat 2 to 3 a day and that's plenty of energy and vitamins and minerals plus heart health boosters. It also cleanses your system and improves digestion and bowel movement. It kills stomach acidity, too.

Banana cue and turon are okay, but eating ripe "saba" uncooked is definitely better.

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