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Posted by: 14442 (Guest), Friday, November 4, 2011, 11:39pm
Bananas are good for blood type Os & Bs but if you read around on other low carb diets they get the bad rap due to high carb/sugar content.  I didn't eat bananas in my 30s because of this and regret it.  

This past spring I read something about resistant starch in unripe/green bananas and added them back.  Bananas are lower on the glycemic index when unripe and also better tasting imo.  Studies show the resistant starch helps burn fat & is good for you.

Compared to apples I have much lower insulin response to an unripe banana.  Truly the perfect pre dinner "snack" for me.   ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, November 4, 2011, 11:44pm; Reply: 1
Good to know Sahara. I've always liked unripe and I think I'll go back to eating them that way.
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, November 5, 2011, 12:33am; Reply: 2
They are good for Explorers too  - A-types that is. I used to hate ripe bananas, but now I like any version. Unripe is still best, though. Yummy!
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Saturday, November 5, 2011, 1:14am; Reply: 3
I (explorer love unripe bananas, Amber (gatherer) hates them , she prefers really ripe ones, funny old world!

I wonder if emily will change from a gatherer to an explorer as she matures.
Posted by: 14442 (Guest), Saturday, November 5, 2011, 1:24am; Reply: 4
Quoted from PCUK-Positive
I (explorer love unripe bananas, Amber (gatherer) hates them , she prefers really ripe ones, funny old world!

I wonder if emily will change from a gatherer to an explorer as she matures.


This is going off topic but wondering how a child changes genotypes?  I thought they were set at birth.   ??)
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Saturday, November 5, 2011, 2:33am; Reply: 5
someone sometime mentioned that it was more accurate from about age 13 or something like that, (swami) it pretty clear she is a mix of explorer and gatherer, higher gather at the mo, but i think that can change. It's no biggie really she doing great, so we're delighted.

she just seems to be similar to her mum in some ways re food , but also so similar to me re food and especially personality. i suspect she will end up being a explorer in the end, just a feeling.
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, November 5, 2011, 2:51am; Reply: 6
Can children be Genotyped?
http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?m-1205923297
Posted by: Patty H, Saturday, November 5, 2011, 1:04pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from PCUK-Positive
someone sometime mentioned that it was more accurate from about age 13 or something like that, (swami) it pretty clear she is a mix of explorer and gatherer, higher gather at the mo, but i think that can change. It's no biggie really she doing great, so we're delighted.

she just seems to be similar to her mum in some ways re food , but also so similar to me re food and especially personality. i suspect she will end up being a explorer in the end, just a feeling.


I would think that finger length and wrist encirclement would remain fairly constant.  I have always had longer ring fingers and could always easily circle my writst with my other hand.  Those are at least two measurements you could look at.
Posted by: O in Virginia, Saturday, November 5, 2011, 1:46pm; Reply: 8
I like bananas when they are yellow with a bit of green still on them, in between unripe and ripe.  I do very well on them.  They are filling and don't seem to give me blood sugar issues.  They're a great portable and quick snack for when I'm on the run.  I have a banana most days.  It's my "banana a day" thing.  If I have a handful of nuts with it, it's a quick meal.  :)
Posted by: yvonneb, Thursday, January 19, 2012, 6:11pm; Reply: 9
My two cents worth...unripe bananas are much harder to digest, so if you have digestive issues of any kind stick to the 'yellow with black dots' ones!
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Friday, January 20, 2012, 2:18am; Reply: 10
funny, i like unripe bananas, amber like yellow and black dot ones, but who knows which ones are actually better for us lol.

Emily like half a banana, and she is usually the only one with a bit of wit. ;)
Posted by: balletomane, Friday, January 20, 2012, 2:42am; Reply: 11
I like ripe bananas... not over-ripe but the "perfect ripeness," just before the black dots appear. I have heard of an old lady (a friend's grandmother) who used to eat over-ripe bananas every day and she lived to a ripe old age  ;D.
Posted by: Possum, Friday, January 20, 2012, 2:53am; Reply: 12
Quoted from KimonoKat
I've always liked unripe and I think I'll go back to eating them that way.
Can anyone define what unripe means? Not being pedantic but is "just ripe" a more accurate description - or do some people actually like them when they are starchy & stick to your teeth tasting?!

I love them when they have just turned from green, but can't eat them if they are not past that starchy taste...& I feel physically repulsed by the smell of over ripe bananas in the shops ::) Or it may also be a reaction to the gassing they do to ripen them as well?!

Posted by: deblynn3, Friday, January 20, 2012, 3:54am; Reply: 13
I like them when they're kind of greenish yellow. Don't have them often but have been craving them as of late. I look for the greenish and smallest one.
Posted by: 14442 (Guest), Friday, January 20, 2012, 5:28pm; Reply: 14
I am looking forward to warmer weather and stocking up on GREEN BANANAS!
Posted by: Jane, Friday, January 20, 2012, 5:36pm; Reply: 15
I like them just ripe...green sometimes disagrees with me.
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 5:02am; Reply: 16
Quoted from Possum
Can anyone define what unripe means? Not being pedantic but is "just ripe" a more accurate description - or do some people actually like them when they are starchy & stick to your teeth tasting?!
Still wondering exactly what you guys mean by "green" bananas ??) :-/

Posted by: Possum, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 5:30am; Reply: 17
Quoted from ABJoe

By my definition, green means green - as in the banana is not yellow, or is starting to turn yellow.  I have seen many Asian people eat them at this stage. This is usually an indication that the starches have not turned to sugar, yet.
Thanks ABJoe - like I said, it would be unusual to eat them when they are crunchy sticky type green though??!! :-/

Posted by: ABJoe, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 5:35am; Reply: 18
Quoted from Possum
Thanks ABJoe - like I said, it would be unusual to eat them when they are crunchy sticky type green though??!! :-/

You know how astringent the banana skin is - I saw a woman eating the whole green banana, skin and all.  I don't understand how someone can do it, but more power to her.
Posted by: ABJoe, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 5:39am; Reply: 19
Sorry, I deleted a post by mistake...  This was originally just after reply #16.

By my definition, green means green - as in the banana is not yellow, or is starting to turn yellow.  I have seen many Asian people eat them at this stage. This is usually an indication that the starches have not turned to sugar, yet.

Fully yellow is what I consider ripe.  

Brown spots indicates to me that the banana is ready for banana bread, although I have eaten them with some brown spots...  

Of course, this was pre-BTD, as banana has been an avoid for everyone in our house since we started BTD.
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 5:42am; Reply: 20
Quoted from ABJoe

You know how astringent the banana skin is - I saw a woman eating the whole green banana, skin and all.  I don't understand how someone can do it, but more power to her.
That's a good word to describe it I think... mouth puckering astringent... ;) Kinda furry too Uggghhh ::)

Posted by: balletomane, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 6:47am; Reply: 21
Quoted from ABJoe

By my definition, green means green - as in the banana is not yellow, or is starting to turn yellow.  I have seen many Asian people eat them at this stage. This is usually an indication that the starches have not turned to sugar, yet.


:o I have never seen a single Asian people eat them! Where do these Asian people live???

Posted by: Possum, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 7:18am; Reply: 22
Quoted from balletomane
:o I have never seen a single Asian people eat them! Where do these Asian people live???
Perhaps only in So Cal? & maybe it is only the married ones that eat them? & perhaps they run off afterward to wash their mouths out :D
Posted by: balletomane, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 8:49am; Reply: 23
;D(sunny)
Posted by: ABJoe, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 8:05pm; Reply: 24
Quoted from Possum
Perhaps only in So Cal? & maybe it is only the married ones that eat them? & perhaps they run off afterward to wash their mouths out :D

That would be where... :)  Don't know about the other conjecture... ;)
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 10:05pm; Reply: 25
:D ;)
Posted by: 18496 (Guest), Friday, April 13, 2012, 8:18pm; Reply: 26
hello,

my first post.  googling 'bananas resistant starch "how ripe" ' brought me to this thread.

anyways, so has anyone figured this out yet and can post their reference?  I just ate a banana so green, it was tough to do.  I pretended it was a dry cucumber, but then theres that nasty butt smell bananas have which becomes even more prevalent when theres no other flavor or taste there :(

anyways... I guess im wondering if eating it that green has any benefit in regards to resistant starch content compared to say a slightly green or barely ripe banana... and by how much?

terms even in sholarly articles are not clear...and likely many of these blog type articles are just copied info from another news source...

if no one knows for sure, a guess will do.  my guess would be an extremely unripe banana has significantly higher RS content than a greenish almost ripe one, but perhaps my guess is off ( hope its off ) and the RS benefits of eating a butt tasting unripened banana are not that much greater than a slightly green one....?
Posted by: 14922 (Guest), Friday, April 13, 2012, 10:50pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from PCUK-Positive
funny, i like unripe bananas, amber like yellow and black dot ones, but who knows which ones are actually better for us lol.

Emily like half a banana, and she is usually the only one with a bit of wit. ;)


How do you eat unripe bananas?
Posted by: Lloyd, Saturday, April 14, 2012, 12:10am; Reply: 28
Quoted from 14922


How do you eat unripe bananas?


It usually takes me 3-5 days to eat an unripe banana.  ;)
Posted by: 14442 (Guest), Saturday, April 14, 2012, 7:05pm; Reply: 29
It's almost time to go pick up unripe bananas- yay!
Posted by: Munchkin76, Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:03pm; Reply: 30
Mmm... This post is really interesting for me.  My partner and I (both Hunters) have had a hiatus on eating bananas, after having them almost daily in our morning smoothie, because of suspected mucous producing properties.  Even though they are a diamond on both our Swami reports, we thought we'd experiment on cutting them out.  My asthma has been so much better since eliminating them - no more running/blocked nose and breathing is much better too.  I suppose we're all different huh.  I wonder if green ones are different - being from Queensland (Australia) originally where they're grown in abundance, I never really liked them under ripened as we could always get them fresh and not artificially ripened so I always like them ‘just right’.
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:17pm; Reply: 31
Quoted from ABJoe

You know how astringent the banana skin is - I saw a woman eating the whole green banana, skin and all.  I don't understand how someone can do it, but more power to her.


I never even saw a monkey do that!!
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, April 15, 2012, 3:32am; Reply: 32
Good to hear Andy!! I do wonder anyway re the gasses they spray to ripen fruits ::) Cannot be good for us??!! In fact fruit generally these days is so different to what it used to be...deliberately higher fructose levels etc??!!

& re the woman who ate the banana skin & all...I read a story recently about a person who somehow didn't know you had to peel them??!! Perhaps it was that woman ??) :D
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