September 16, 2022 - Parul Saini, Webmedy Team
Diarrhea is a common condition, especially in children under 5. Many studies have been done to see the effect of green or unripe bananas in treating diarrhea. Bananas are often described as the ideal food. Bananas have no fat, cholesterol, or sodium, but are full of fiber, vitamin B6 and vitamin C, potassium, and complex carbohydrates.
Raw, green bananas contain pectin, which is a fiber that absorbs excess water from the intestines and firms up the stool. Green bananas also contain oligofructose, which nourishes good gut bacteria and aid in nutrient absorption. The pectin also stimulates the production of mucus in the colon and small bowel, which serves as a barrier between the stomach lining and the acidic gastric substances that may trigger a stomach upset.
Green bananas have resistant starch. Resistant starch is a fermentable fiber, that feeds your good gut bacteria to promote a healthy microbiome. Resistant starch is not digested in the small intestine and is passed into the large intestine where it is fermented by bacteria into short-chain fatty acids. These short-chain fatty acids absorb excess fluid making the stools firmer.