Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the whole world. In fact, they are so popular that more than 150 countries cultivate more than 105 million tons every year.
Most of us know yellow banana. But there are many other varieties, such as blue java banana, which some of us have never seen, let alone heard before.
Blue Java Banana
Banana Blue Java, otherwise known as Banana Ice Cream, has stained blue skin and creamy white flesh.
Blue Java is a type of banana that is strong and tolerant of cold. This banana is known for its sweet taste and has a consistency similar to vanilla ice cream.
Blue Javanese Bananas originated in Southeast Asia, and are commonly found throughout the island of Hawaii.
In Hawaii it is known that bananas are known as ‘Banana Ice Cream’, another in Fiji this banana is known as ‘Hawaiian banana’, in the Philippines this banana is known as ‘Krie’ and in Central America known as ‘Cenizo’.
Health Benefits of Blue Java Banana
Similar to the cavendish banana, the blue java banana has many similar benefits. These bananas contain lots of fiber, as well as some antioxidants that help boost the immune system. Blue Java Blue is rich in vitamins B6 and C, and contains lots of potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese and protein.
Here are some of the main benefits of Banana Blue Java.
Moderate Blood Sugar Level
Blue Javanese bananas come with pectin (a type of fiber) and resistant starch (if not cooked). Pectin and resistant starch can moderate blood sugar levels after eating and help reduce appetite by slowing down your gastric emptying. Bananas also rank low to moderate on the glycemic index (GI), which means they should not cause a major blood sugar surge in healthy people.
Blue Javanese bananas are a rich source of vitamin B6, which is needed to help the body synthesize its own serotonin. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin B6 in adults is 1.3 milligrams (mg). One medium sized banana contains about 0.4 mg of vitamin B6, so if you make a smoothie, or delicious banana ice cream with 2-3 Blue Java, you will get more than 75% of your vitamin B6 RDA.
Improve digestive health
Bananas contain non-digestible fibers such as cellulose, hemicellulose and alpha-glucan, which help prevent constipation and restore and maintain regular bowel function. Resistant starch in raw bananas also escapes from digestion and ends in your large intestine where it becomes a food for beneficial bacteria in your intestines. Pectin has also been found by several studies to help protect against colon cancer.
Supporting Heart Health
Potassium is very important for heart health, and blue java bananas are full of potassium. While most people believe they get enough potassium every day, many don’t. Getting enough potassium in your diet can help lower blood pressure, and it has even been found that those who eat a lot of potassium have a 27% lower risk of heart disease.