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Plantain Flour, 1 lb.

4.6 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
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  • 1 pound bag
  • Save money with combined shipping by ordering several items from Barry Farm.

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Plantain Flour, 1 lb.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • ASIN: B000F9ZM5Y
  • UPC: 050647101776
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,170 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)

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For those using it as another source of resistant starch in the diet -- taking it plain and uncooked, mixed in water -- it offers a nice contrast in taste to unmodified potato starch. Without knowing the exact amount of resistant starch in this product vs. potato starch (as it may vary a great deal, though you might do a search for "resistant starch in foods" to get the ranges), I nevertheless take it in similar amounts of 1-4 TBSP several times a week, alternating or mixing with potato starch.

Unlike the potato starch which sinks in water and needs constant remixing, this plantain flour will first sit atop the water, and will be quick to clump and cling (especially to a spoon), so it requires more mixing than potato starch to get it into solution but less to keep it in solution (if you're a slow drinker).

I suppose a blender might make quick work of the clumps. Note that the clumps are like dust balls, so if you get any in your mouth and explode them with your tongue, you may be in for a bit of coughing (not unlike the sensation of too much cinnamon hitting the back of your throat).

As for the effects of resistant starch, I find this plantain flour to not cause any gastrointestinal discomfort or excessive problems with gas, as compared with my use of unmodified potato starch, and I find it to help maintain my good spirits, bowel movements, vivid dreams, and good sleep. It is no substitute for a proper (and self-researched) health-inducing diet, lifestyle, or sleep habits, but resistant starch certainly has aided me as I navigate my way towards a better understanding of what I ought to include or avoid into my daily life.
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By Rusty on February 13, 2014
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Unlike other "plantain flour" products I've purchased from Amazon, this one is a high-quality product without added ingredients and dyes. List of ingredients: Plantains. Perfect for my family.
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Oh wow! I have a bunch of dietary restrictions right now so I've been trying out lots of alternative flours. Plantain Flour makes the best crepes ever! I won't be going back to my old recipe even when I can eat wheat again! there's a natural gumminess [in a good way!] that replaces the gluten texture most of the faux flours are missing.
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I love this plantain flour. I use this as a source of resistant starch. I really like the flavor compared to the banana flour - that stuff gave the chills every time I drank it. I find that plantain flour is kind to my gut where potato starch and banana flour do not work for me at all. Between this product and the probiotics I take, I have seen a huge improvement in my gut health. And I dream vivid dreams again which is rather fun :) I love to mix this with raw milk, a little vanilla, cinnamon and stevia and buzz it with my stick blender. Its like a milkshake. If I don't want to though it is perfectly palatable just mixed into some milk. Great stuff!
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I had to change back to taking Bob's Red Mill Unmodified Potato Starch as a source of resistant starch. I was hoping that this would work for me, but I am afraid that the plantain flour is either cooked or modified in some way. I have absolutely amazing results with potato starch, but with this I would have a good day and then I would suddenly have terrible gut disturbances and feel hypoglycemic throughout the day. I experimented with it for over two months off and on to make sure it was this causing the issue. I finally confirmed that it was the plantain flour causing problems and when I finally permanently switched back to potato starch I no longer had any issues. It was worth experimenting, but I am sad to say this did not work well for me as a source of resistant starch.
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I've had great luck with this product. I've experimented with it in multiple recipes from the gluten free and paleo blogospheres and it has worked well for me.

Re: what the previous poster said about bananas - I have reactions to bananas and not to plantains and this has never been a problem for me.
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The problem is plantain starch is listed as a great source of resistant starch but the label on this product says it has only two grams of fiber in a quarter cup which is 12 teaspoons. That is very low, and the kind of fiber is not identified as either soluble or insoluble. If the product is not heated then it might be high in resistant starch that the label does not reflect. I emailed Berry Farm asking if the plantains were heated to produce the starch. They replied they didn't know. I emailed back asking if they could ask their supplier. They refused to ask their supplier. I emailed back asking if they could tell me whom they buy the starch from so I could ask them whether it is heated or not. They imperiously replied: "We do release our suppliers’ information and/or contacts. This is proprietary information. Sorry we cannot be of further assistance." They are not sorry at all. They can't or don't want to answer the question which strongly suggest it is not resistant starch and from that point of view not worth purchasing. This is clearly an example of a company pretending to do good but in reality doesn't give a damn. My last email to them said: "Thank you for writing back. I think you don’t understand the importance of the question’s answer as it relates to your sales. I really have no interest in who is making the flour for you. I want to know something about its process. It is not an unreasonable question and the question is not a complex one: Is the flour made by a cold process or a hot process? How does this relate to sales? There is a large market for cold processed plantain starch that you could be marketing to if you knew that information. The process affects the digestibility and it is a question that will not go away. In short you are missing an opportunity to increase your sales because you cannot perceive the value of the information. And instead of taking advantage of the opportunity you are passing off stale excuses to do nothing."
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