NuNaturals - Organic Green Banana Flour - 1 lb. (454 g)
NuNaturals Organic Green Banana Flour is a delicious, high-quality green banana flour. Their Organic Green Banana Flour is grown and produced in Ecuador, and NuNaturals is committed to helping the people of Ecuador through this difficult disaster. NuNaturals will be donating $1 to UNICEF for every bag of Organic Green Banana Flour sold to support the earthquake relief effort in Ecuador.
- Delicious, high-quality green banana flour
- Grown and produced in Ecuador
- Resistant starch
- Neutral taste
- Benefits digestion
- Instantly dissolves in liquids
- Add to smoothies
- Gluten free flour
What is Resistant Starch?
NuNaturals Organic Green Banana Flour contains resistant starch (RS2), which is not digested by the small intestine and feeds healthy gut bacteria (also called probiotics). It is a prebiotic fiber used to grow the healthy probiotics in your gut. To get the most benefit from resistant starch, green banana flour should be consumed raw (smoothies, juice, etc.)
How do you use Banana Flour?
Because of its starch content, on average you can use 30% less green banana flour than other flours. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup flour, you would generally use 2/3 cup Organic Green Banana Flour. Organic Green Banana Flour can be used as a gluten free substitute to traditional wheat flours containing gluten – however, sometimes binding gums might be necessary to obtain the correct consistency in some recipes.
How is NuNaturals Organic Green Banana Flour made?
The process of producing banana flour is the following:
- The process starts with organic green bananas
- The fruit is selected and washed
- After washing, the skin is separated from the pulp
- The pulp is sliced to facilitate the dehydration process
- The pulp is dehydrated at 140 to 160ºC in a rotating dryer oven of continuous cycle
- The dehydrated pulp is temporarily stored for approximately 12 hours
All About Green Banana Flour
What is Banana Flour?
Banana flour is made from green bananas that are peeled, chopped, dried, and then ground. It takes about 8-10 kilo's of raw green banana to produce 1 kilo of banana flour. A surprising percentage of green bananas are disposed of for being unusable in export or sale, but these green bananas are perfect for banana flour production. By making use of the green bananas in flour production, the farmers are able to make more profit from their efforts, the environmental impact of banana farming is lessened, and more food is produced for consumption instead of wasted. Win win? NuNaturals thinks so.
Banana flour has a texture similar to lighter wheat flours, but you can use about 30% less by volume in recipes, and surprisingly it does not taste like bananas. Originally it was produced as an alternative to the more expensive wheat flours in other parts of the world, such as Africa and Jamaica.
What is Banana Flour used for?
Banana Flour is used as a gluten free alternative flour replacement to wheat flours, or other alternative flours. Because it's gluten free and grain free it's a great flour for those with Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or those following a gluten free or grain free diet. Not only can banana flour be used for baking, but also for thickening soups and sauces, making breading, or just added to smoothies or other foods simply to reap the nutritional benefits.
Benefits of Banana Flour
Because you use 30% less banana flour in recipes to achieve the same volume, it's typically more economical than other alternative or gluten free flours. Banana flour also poses health benefits. For one, it's a good source of potassium, an electrolyte that helps the heart and muscles. It's also an excellent source of R2 resistant starch. A lot of research has recently been conducted around the benefits of resistant starch. In fact, in March of 2014, Iowa State University hosted an international symposium where researchers from all around the world came to compare their findings in the benefits of resistant starch. Their findings include significant evidence that resistant starch may reduce the risk of colon cancer, obesity, and diabetes.
What is resistant starch you ask? It's basically a type of starch that isn't broken down very easily in the digestive tract, and aids in the digestive process much like fiber does. It helps pass the foods along, reduces the glycemic effect of the foods eaten, keeps you feeling full longer, but can be tolerated at higher levels than fiber due to it's slow fermentation. Resistant starch also has a pre-biotic effect because it feeds the gut bacteria, which in turn produce butyric acid (the preferred fuel of the large intestine).
NuNaturals thinks you'll agree that banana flour has huge potential because of it's nutritional qualities and high resistant starch content, not only for those looking for an alternative gluten free flour, but for anyone looking to reap the benefits banana flour has to offer in combating some of the most common health issues today.
NuNaturals is a family owned and operated company that has been providing delicious, healthy products for almost 30 years.
Their mission is to offer joyful products that help keep you well and to grow “sweet” relationships with their customers, employees, stakeholders, and community.
NuNaturals was founded November 9th, 1989 by Warren Sablosky in beautiful Eugene, Oregon. Growing up in suburban Philadelphia, Warren was always ahead of the times. He became a vegetarian in high school (but re-introduced meat later in life). During this time he was making homemade tofu in his parent's kitchen because there was none to buy in his area. He left Villanova after completing 2 terms to drive across the country out West. He eventually settled in Eugene to attend the University of Oregon.
Eugene was everything he expected it to be. A place far ahead of the country in terms of natural living, sustainability, and cultural change. After graduating from U of O, Warren's first product was called "Earth Ice," which he made with his wife Paula. They sold the fruit popsicles made from pure fresh fruit, one of the first companies to do it at the time. The company also developed french fries made from soy and rice called Soy Fries. He went on to self-publish a pizza cookbook and work in several Eugene-based natural products companies before finally founding NuNaturals.
NuNaturals was started with the mission of "Helping to Keep You Well." The company's first product was "The Mental Energy Formula," a nutritional supplement that NuNaturals still sells today. When Warren learned about a sweet herb native to South American called Stevia that was an alternative to sugar, he knew that it could greatly help people in the United States struggling with the problems that come from sugar.
Since then, NuNaturals has continued with its mission of "Helping to Keep You Well" by offering healthy products that make you smile. Today, Warren and Paula are joined by their son Jake, and a group of smiling team members who have become a part of the NuNaturals family. NuNaturals believes that the path to wellness starts with the food and supplements that we consume. And that is why today NuNaturals offers a wide selection of all natural, plant-based sweeteners, baking ingredients, and dietary supplements.