This article states that green plantains can be beneficial for those having persistent diarrhea: http://www.jacn.org/content/28/2/169.full
On the basis of these data, we hypothesized that green plantain's pectin content would restore small intestine digestive, secretory, absorptive, and reabsorptive capacities of the mucosa for fluids, macro and micronutrients.
Green plantains are still a starch though, so what about those with SIBO? Beneficial or not?
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on March 12, 2013
at 12:47 PM
Actually, green plantains are super high in resistant starch if you don't mess with them too much. Once you heat something.. and then eat it hot, you have messed with the resistant starch content. If you simply slice green plantains thin, in rounds and then either dry at low heat in the oven.. or just leave out for hours, they will be cracker like rounds loaded with resistant starch.
RS has gut benefits all its own and has been linked to an overall reduction in colorectal cancer. Here is some info:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15287677
Since RS is not digested in the small intestine it should be good for those with SIBO.
on March 12, 2013
at 11:59 AM
My main two "safe starches" are sweet potatoes and plantains. I usually eat ripe plantains but green ones have about 10% less carbs, still very high in carbs though.
If you aren't low-carbing then these are fine to eat. I tend to eat carbs primarily post workout and never for breakfast, but that's just me.
I think green plantains are usually fried (sometimes fried twice, you fry them once, smash them, then fry them again), they go naturally with coconut oil.
Green plantains are a staple food throughout Puerto Rico and you'll find them on every menu, and every town will have 20 places claiming to serve the best mofongo, which is based on green plantains.