Nutrition and DietBanana and plantain: differences

Banana and plantain: differences

Nutritional differences between plantain and banana, and different or similar characteristics between these two fruits in many moments confused as the same.

Both are fruits that are quite commonly confused, since at first glance they look like the same fruit. However, both the banana and the banana have different characteristics that make them different fruits, although somewhat similar in appearance.

In Spain this fruit is traditionally known by the name of plantain, although in other countries such as Mexico, it is common for the term banana to be generally applied to the crop whose fruit is eaten fresh, and the plantains that are eaten cooked ( fried, boiled, baked or roasted).

The differences lie above all in their origin and in different morphological characteristics.  And it is true that the banana comes from the acuminata genome, the banana comes from the genus balbisiana, and both belong to the Musaceae family.

Plantain and banana: similar characteristics

Among the similar characteristics that we find between the banana and the plantain, from a nutritional point of view both have a high content of carbohydrates and potassium. The banana contains a higher content of fiber, protein, potassium and phosphorus.

Nutritional differences between plantain and banana

Plantain Banana
Energetic value 96.4 kcal Energetic value 110.5 kcal
Carbohydrates 22.5 Carbohydrates 26.2
Protein 1.7 Protein 1.2
Fiber 2.5 Fiber 2.3
Potassium 490 mg Potassium 434 mg
Calcium 7.8 mg Calcium 12.5 mg
Magnesium 38.5 mg Magnesium 41.5 mg
Match 59.1 mg Fiber 38.7 mg
Iron 0.3 mg Iron 0.9 mg
Copper 0.1 mg Copper 0.3 mg
Zinc 0.2 mg Protein 0.3 mg
Manganese 0.1 mg Fiber 0.7 mg
Potassium 490 mg Potassium 434 mg
Vitamin C 17.5 mg Vitamin C 18.7 mg

Morphological differences between plantain and banana

Plantain Banana
Weight 135.5 g Weight 237 g
Length 15.7 cm Length 20 cm
Shape Curve Shape Straight

 

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