Have you ever noticed how sweet an overripe banana is.
I decided to do some research to see if the nutritional value changed when the banana was overripe.
It turns out there is a lot of changes when the banana becomes overripe. The nutrient change isn’t necessarily bad. Regardless of how ripe or unripe a fruit is, you still gain numerous benefits from it. For example, an overripe banana is packed with antioxidants.
An overripe banana is easy to digest. As a banana ripens the starch in the fruit changes. An unripe banana is full of complex carbohydrates, but as the banana becomes overripe the starch changes to simple sugars. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it may result in a quicker rise in blood sugar, so diabetics should avoid overripe bananas. This change in carbohydrates also alters the taste of the fruit. A ripe banana is sweeter due to the simple carbohydrates.
Believe it or not, a brown-spotted banana is a sign that the antioxidant levels have increased. The brown spots form when the chlorophyll in the fruit begins to break down and turn into antioxidants. Antioxidants are extremely beneficial for your body because they may prevent or delay some types of cell damage and lower the risk of certain diseases. A great way to use an overripe banana is in a smoothie.
I used 2 overripe bananas in this one and it was deliciously sweet.
Made 2 glasses.