Though a type of banana, plantains are considered more of a vegetable for cooking because of the starchier and practically neutral taste when unripe, quite unlike dessert bananas which have a sugary flavor. Believed to have originated from Malaysia and from there spread to the other parts of the Malay Archipelago, plantains eventually were brought to Africa and then to the New World. Now widely available in the United States, this makes plantains easy to incorporate into one’s diet. However, eating plantains in reasonable amounts should be considered, especially by individuals who have specific weight or disease management goals.
Continue reading and discover more about the pros and cons of plantains and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate use of this vegetable.