View Full Version : Stupid question, but what happens to a banana after boiled?

02-21-2003, 03:55 PM
Today I boiled a banana cause a friend recommended it. I boiled it, mashed it up after it was done, and ate it. The problem is, it tasted really sweet! I think I boiled it perfectly, so what happened? Is it the natural sugars coming out, or is it something else? Thanks in advance.

02-21-2003, 04:06 PM
Why is a banana tasting sweet a problem?

02-21-2003, 04:07 PM
It's not really a problem, I just wanna know what happened.

02-21-2003, 04:31 PM
as banana's ripen the sugars change from starches to sugars. the heating process is most likely causing a chemical reaction activating enzymes and causing conversion

02-21-2003, 05:21 PM
you may break the bonds of some the sugar and starches which may break down into the sweeter forms of sugar.

plus when you cook and mash it you break the cells down, so the sugars are more available in the mouth.
normally the cells would be broken down further along the digestive system. where you do not have taste buds.

02-21-2003, 09:40 PM
to much free time. I would have though it would seperate.

02-21-2003, 11:26 PM
This is what plantains are for.
those are for cooking.

02-22-2003, 06:33 AM
did u boil it in the skin..........................

02-22-2003, 10:37 AM
One more question, do you think the boiled banana lost its nutritional value? And I did boil it in the skin, but peeled it and mashed it up later.

02-23-2003, 02:00 PM
do it again and post pics i want to se what it looks like

02-23-2003, 02:29 PM
does the USDA nutritional page not give values for both raw and cooked banana?

its will loose some b-vitamins on heating. i think banana are low in vitC so cooking will not alter that much