Going through an anti-inflammatory, sugar-free, and dairy-free lifestyle has its ups and downs, it is a healthy shift that can be tough. As someone who fought inflammation, pain, and digestive issues for many years, I had to learn some simple tricks, I had to find what works for me and adopt the principles that my family taught me and, in the process, inspire other people.
I recommend three major gut healing foods that are great inflammation fighters, that make perfect snacks, appetizers, and meals. They are used in the Caribbean and around the world. They can help with many gut problems, especially ulcer, acid reflux, leaky gut syndrome, and ulcerative colitis.
Plantains are bananas that contain a lot of starch and low sugar, they are harvested green and are often used as cooked vegetables in the tropics. It is believed that the plant is native to Southeast Asia. Two groups of plantains are thought to have a common origin: the horn plantain and the French plantain. These two types of plantain grow in India, Africa, Egypt and also tropical America. French plantains are also found in Indonesia and the Pacific islands. Plantains are good sources of potassium and fiber. They also contain vitamins A C, B2, and B6.
What is the difference between plantains and banana?
Plantains are “normally large, angular and starchy,” unlike ordinary bananas or “dessert” bananas, which are usually eaten raw and peeled, usually smaller, rounder and sugary; However, there is no formal scientific distinction between plantains and bananas.
Plantain and the guts
By now, you have probably heard that plantains, like resistant starch, are super good for your gut. They have been called a Gut superfood among many other things, and most assume that because they are optimal for many, they are optimal for everyone. While they are a Paleo food (in addition to low FODMAP) and have a place for gut healing, they should also be used with caution for those who are in the early stages of gut healing.
Other Benefits of plantains
The following are some of the health benefits of plantains;
Since plantains are diuretic in nature, it helps to flush out all the toxins by cleaning out the excretory system. Hence plantains also aid in preventing urinary tract infections and kidney stone development.
Because of its antibacterial properties, plantains can be useful in preventing and treating infections. Plantains are particularly helpful for infections in the respiratory tract.
Plantains also have the ability to reduce bad cholesterol. Hence preventing numerous cardiovascular diseases.
It also helps retain moisture in body tissues due to its astringent properties.
Sweet potatoes are one of our oldest vegetables and are native to Central and South America. History records them in 10,000-year-old relics in the caves of Peru. Here, they are commonly eaten as a fall and winter vegetable, usually around the holidays. Their powerhouse of nutrients warrants them to be eaten more frequently if we are to gain more of their health benefits. If you are growing sweet potatoes, the colors vary from white to purple to brown and reddish, and the colors of the flesh vary from white to yellow and to orange and purple.
They are rich in vitamins A, C, manganese, copper, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. They have anti-inflammatory properties that assist the body with conditions like atherosclerosis, colon cancer, heart disease, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.
Sweet potatoes and gut health
Purple sweet potatoes help in preventing cancer cell growth and has also been shown to reduce the dangers of heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, and arsenic. This is great news for those who have been diagnosed with digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis. It is important to reduce exposer to heavy metals and toxins in order to restore gut health and good bacteria.
Sweet potatoes are also a good source of fiber to prevent constipation. Dietary fiber is important for the health of the digestive tract and the improvement of intestinal activity. The more you poop, the better you feel! After all, sweet potatoes are an incredible source of prebiotics for your gut flora. Because they are a resistant starch, they help the good gut microbes take root in your gut and multiply.
Other Benefits of sweet potatoes
May reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
Can easily help with weight control. The fiber in the sweet potato ensures that you get full for longer time.
Potassium in sweet potato is terrific anxiety reducer.
Anti-cancer properties. Sweet potatoes have been shown to scientifically reduce the incidence of certain cancers.
Naturally anti-inflammatory (asthma attack, joint disease)
Assists in stopping muscular tissue cramps. Potassium is the main agent here.
Skin Wellness. Healthy, glowing skin is possible with a balanced diet rich in provitamins and minerals.
General immunity promoter. They’re brimming with antioxidants that boost your immune system.
Taro is a perennial tropical plant grown for its swollen roots or tubers and leafy vegetation. The plant rarely flowers or seeds and is dependent on the roots for reproduction. By transplanting the upper part of the root with the stem bud, a whole new plant can emerge. Taro is thought to have originated in the area of modern-day Malaysia, Taro root spread to tropical regions around the globe by explorers, west to Egypt and Africa and east to the Pacific Islands. Taro root is widely used today in Hawaii, tropical Africa, and China. Over 10% of the world’s population uses taro as a staple food. It is highly regarded and used in cuisines throughout the world.
Taro roots have a better nutrient profile than rice and potatoes and contain a lot of iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, and fiber. Taro root contains very high amounts of vitamin C, which makes the tuber a good source of the immune system and antioxidant support.
Taro and gut health
Since taro root contains plenty of fiber and resistant starch, it is beneficial to gut health. Your body does not digest or absorb fiber and resistant starch, so it stays in the gut. When they get to your colon, they become food for the microbes in your gut and promote the growth of good bacteria. When intestinal bacteria ferment these fibers, they create short-chain fatty acids that nourish the cells that line the intestines and keep them healthy and strong. Interestingly, studies in humans have found that people with inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis, tend to have lower levels of short-chain fatty acids in the gut.
Other advantages of Taro
Reduce Diabetes Risk – Dietary fiber in Taro can help regulate insulin and blood sugar levels in your body and prevent your blood sugar levels from rising.
Improving eyesight – Antioxidants such as Cryptoxanthin and Beta-carotene in Taro help keep free radicals at bay, reducing the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Helps to keep the skin healthy – Vitamins A and E are essential for skin health. Adding Taro to your diet can help reduce blemishes and wrinkles and give your complexion a healthy look.
They can be boiled, or baked to make a delicious dish or a perfect snack.
“Happy Holidays Everyone. May your New Year be filled with blessings, good health, and abundance”!