6 Top Health & Nutritional Benefits Of Red Banana For Babies, Fertility & Pregnancy

We call red banana sevazhai pazham in Tamil and it is so very highly regarded here in India for it’s nutrient value. Red banana is cultivated all over the world now. Though we have only the regular yellow banana trees here in our farm, my parents always grow red banana trees. My father regularly sends red bananas insisting that we have it regularly. One single red banana is enough to fill our stomach as it is usually quite large.

Since I have heard the benefits of the red banana from young, whenever there is red banana at home, I make it a point to have it. Even when guests say no to red banana when offered, usually it will be followed by an advice like “It is sevazhlai pazham! eat, it is so good for you”. Red bananas have dark red skin, is larger and tastes sweeter than regular yellow banana.

Red Banana Nutrition:

Like all bananas red banana is also rich in potassium but it also rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and beta-carotene. Red banana also contains Vitamin B and Vitamin D and is also very rich in fiber.

Red Banana Calories:

A medium sized red banana has only 100 calories which makes it a perfect weight loss food. If you love bananas, I would suggest trying red banana too, chances are you might switch over to red banana. You can use red banana in any recipe that calls for regular banana.

Red Banana Traditional Uses:

Traditionally people with low immunity (which is usually the case after a bout of illness) are advised to have red bananas for a period of 40 to 48 days daily. Eating red bananas regularly is said to increase the immunity and at the same time prevent tiredness. It is best to encourage children to eat red banana, in fact it is a perfect weening food. Since it is very sweet, they will readily eat it. It is also said to prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Once the red bananas ripen, they turn mushy very fast so consume it as soon as they ripen…..

Red Banana Health Benefits:

1. Red Banana For Babies:

Like I mentioned before, red banana is a perfect weening food for babies. Just mash it up without any sweeteners and feed them, many children eat red bananas readily. If your child is suffering from constipation, giving them red bananas regularly will give good relief. Red bananas are also greatly recommended for children who are malnourished because of it’s high nutritional content.

2. Red Banana For Pregnancy:

Pregnant women can safely consume red banana. It prevents constipation and also it is good for heart burn that many pregnant women experience during the last trimester. I suffered from heart burn during the last trimester of my pregnancy.

If I ate any spicy foods, it caused heart burn so I relied on soothing foods like banana. The trick is to pick really ripe red banana. Eating ripe red banana will reduce the acidity in the stomach which will greatly help prevent the burning sensation…

3. Red Banana For Weight Loss:

Since red bananas are rich in fiber, it keeps one fuller for longer. Eating 1 medium red banana has only around 100 calories but most will feel fuller with just 1 red banana. My only problem with red banana is finishing up the banana. Especially if I eat it as an in-between snack, I will rarely be able to finish it as I feel fuller by the time I finish half of it.

I will also not feel hunger for a long time after eating it, all the qualities needed for a good weight loss food :). And I have to add, ripe red bananas are very very soothing on the stomach too.

4. Red Banana For Fertility:

Another important use of red banana is it boosts fertility both in men and women. Eating red banana for fertility is a very common advise given in our place. Red banana also is said to increase the sperm count in men. I tried searching for any study supporting this belief but I couldn’t find any.

The B vitamins and bromelain enzyme in bananas are said to be the reason for increasing the sperm count. Since it also improves the overall health, having a red banana daily is a good idea…

5. Red Banana For Skin:

Bananas are great for skin both when applied externally or taken internally. Whenever a banana turns overripe, I usually mash it up and apply as a face pack. To make a simple, quick and effective face mask, first powder required amount of oats in a dry mixer to get a smooth powder.

Mix the mashed up red banana paste and few drops of honey to the ground oatmeal to form a thick paste. Apply it as a face pack and wash it off once dry. This is a very hydrating face mask that will keep the skin supple and soft during winter months.

6. Red Banana For Hair:

Last time my red bananas turned overripe, I mashed up a banana with oatmeal and applied on my face and because the red banana was huge still half of it was remaining. I thought why not apply on the hair as a hair pack? I mashed it up with little bit of unrefined sesame oil and few drops of lemon juice and applied on my hair and scalp.

I have dry hair so this hair pack suited me really well, I have done the treatment more than 4 times from then on and it is a safe hair pack that can be used by everyone. If you have very oily scalp, you can skip the sesame oil in the pack…



  1. Anonymous
    October 28, 2015 / 10:04 pm

    how to tell when it is properly ripe ready for eating? is this eaten as a baby banana size as well?where i am this comes very hard, dark red as you have shown, in two forms, a baby banana size and and kind of medium small size but not as fat as you have shown. sometimes i see bananas in general having a nipple of a bottle nose and sometimes without. is it better to have either nose type or only the nipple nose type? i think one is the female and one is the male?it takes very long time almost two weeks at least for it to become soft. when it starts to soften few dark spots begin to form on it, but i'm not sure how many spots need to cover it before i'm ready to eat it. with traditional banana it seems the more old and rotten it looks the better it is to eat but it seems unsafe to eat it when it reaches that stage by the way it looks. please clarify.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 2, 2015 / 3:44 pm

      Here in India we get only the size that is in the picture (really huge :)). A simple trick to find out if the red banana is ripe is if you pull a banana away form the bunch it should easily come away and it will be soft to the touch. I have read that only female banana flowers produces fruits….

  2. Anonymous
    November 2, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    what about the dark blackish like spots? are they necessary to be all over it in order for it to reach ripened stage?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 8, 2015 / 4:11 pm

      The dark blackish like spots appear only when the red bananas turn over ripe, I usually don't wait till then…

  3. Anonymous
    July 29, 2016 / 7:35 pm


  4. Anonymous
    July 29, 2016 / 7:37 pm


    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 17, 2016 / 7:40 am

      Red banana is very filling and nutritious and will keep one satiated for a long time but I couldn't find any research that proves it increases metabolism or helps in fat loss. In my humble opinion having red banana in the night without a proper base line diet and regular exercise will not result in any weight loss….

  5. Anonymous
    August 24, 2016 / 10:25 am

    Red banana other name is kappa pazham in kerala

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 24, 2016 / 11:02 am

      Oh ok, I didn't know that, thank you…

  6. Revathi
    September 20, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    Hi any remedies to reduce belly fat after pregnancy..

  7. Beaming L@ss
    October 5, 2016 / 5:12 am

    me and my hubby had started eating red bananas for past 2 days . as my grandma told to eat for 48 days with a cup of milk every night. so that i can get pregnant…

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2016 / 2:41 am


    • Siva
      March 12, 2018 / 10:10 am

      To Beaming L@ssHai sis I had hormonal imbalance of lh & fsh we are try to get pregnant for past 1more year Shall. We eat red banana @night will help to get pregnantTaken only red banana or shall we take Banana with milk is sure Plz help is sister

  8. M Vijayakumar
    October 17, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    is it possible to gain weight through eating red banana?? Tell me please, or tell me please ,how can I increase my weight? I am under weight. can anyone give remedy for this problem,??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 19, 2017 / 2:54 pm

      The only way to gain weight is by increasing your calorie intake than you burn everyday. Increase your intake of calorie rich but nutritious foods like red banana, ghee, whole milk, eggs, cheese, etc….

    • Siva
      March 12, 2018 / 10:12 am

      Dear ramya vemkateswaran sister,Please help us Hai sis I had hormonal imbalance of lh & fsh we are try to get pregnant for past 1more year Shall. We eat red banana @night will help to get pregnantTaken only red banana or shall we take Banana with milk is sure Plz help is sister

  9. Sarpreet Kour
    January 16, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Were can we get this banana

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 19, 2017 / 2:57 pm

      Red banana is easily available in India everywhere, just ask for it in the market and they will guide you to the right place…

  10. syed abuthahir
    February 5, 2017 / 6:19 am

    Great blog ma, very helpful and useful! Inike market poi vangi sapda poren… ��

  11. Lara
    February 12, 2017 / 9:52 am

    nice tips

  12. Husna Fathima
    February 19, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Does red banana helps in fertility?

  13. Anonymous
    May 17, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    I have a son in 2 yrs old. Shall I give to eat red banana and fresh fruit juices to him because he doesn't like to have diluted fruit juices?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 17, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      You can give red banana to your 2 year old son, in fact the sooner we introduce red banana to kids, the better. Because red banana has a unique taste, the sooner kids gets used to eating it, there is a high chance that they will like it and will consume it all their life…..

  14. julia ann
    November 3, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Superbly written article,male fertility if only all bloggers offered the same content as you, the internet would be a far better place..

  15. Anonymous
    August 14, 2018 / 6:43 am

    What color should it be when it is ready for eating or is properly harvested?
    (I have seen it brownish, more red pinkish, and sometimes it will be dark red, not always, at least where it is sold by me….)

  16. Anonymous
    September 1, 2018 / 3:37 am

    Can someone comment regarding the bacteria?
    I just read:
    “Do not let it over-ripe as it might develop dangerous bacteria. Fewer brown/black spots indicate ripeness. If you could touch and feel lil soft(not too softer)”

  17. Anonymous
    September 1, 2018 / 3:39 am

    red pinkish as in it will look like a faded color

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