No doubt, bananas are very sweet, soft fruits known all over the world. Their thick, fibrous peels, nonetheless, are a not-so-popular source of nutrition, at least in Western countries. But contrary to what many people think and most surprisingly, banana peels are not only very safe to eat, they also offer a great number of health benefits.
Aside from the nutritional benefits of eating banana peels, there are also environmental benefits embedded in those peels. Bananas are the most largely eaten fresh fruit in America. Interestingly, when you eat the peels, you can help reduce the amount of food that goes to landfills.
Both bananas and their peels may deal with different health benefits depending on their level of ripeness. For instance, under-ripe, green bananas may be more operational in treating digestive issues, while more ripened, blackened bananas have revealed effectiveness in helping white blood cells fight off infections and diseases.
Keep in mind that so many of these studies were done on rats and not humans; nevertheless, further research is actually needed to decide if bananas have the same effects on humans.
Here are a few possible health benefits of banana peels:
May Lower Cancer Risk
Banana peels are overflowing with carotenoids, polyphenols, and other antioxidants that fight cancer-causing free radicals in your body. Eating more banana peels, particularly green, unripe peels, can effectively increase your antioxidant levels and also aid in the reduction of your risk of cancer.
Research carried on the anti-cancer properties of banana peels were done in test tubes and not on humans. Therefore, more extensive research is required to understand whether banana peels can lower cancer risk in people.
The high levels of tryptophan in bananas added to the B6 in banana peels have the tendency of helping in the relief of some symptoms of some mood disorders, and especially depression. As the peels are broken down in the body, tryptophan turns into serotonin, which can improve your mood. Vitamin B6 can also help improve sleep, which has a positive impact on mood over time.
Vitamin A can also help you keep strong and healthy eyes. This particular vitamin is abundant in both banana peels and bananas.
Fiber-rich banana peels are known to help regulate the digestive system, relieving both diarrhea and constipation. This can be a particularly significant benefit of banana peels for people with irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease.
Nutrients per Serving
The precise composition of banana peels is still being examined, so there’s no standard nutrition profile yet. However, a good number of factors affect the nutrients found exactly in banana peels.
Nonetheless, the nutrients per serving of bananas are freely available. Interestingly, one medium banana provides approximately:
Sugar: 14 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Carbohydrates: 27 grams
Protein: 1 gram
Bananas are also a rich source of:
The banana peels themselves offer extra nutrients, including:
How to Prepare Banana Peel
Banana peel can be used to make a healthy afternoon snack or an appetizingly healthy dessert. Get a little creative than normal and you will soon find out why chefs around the world normally leave the banana peels on.
Unlike the inside of a banana, which is sweet and soft, a banana peel is quite bitter and harder. The riper your banana gets, the softer and sweeter the peel will appear. It is also vital to wash the peel carefully to remove any chemicals or fertilizer the fruit may have been covered with.
Now, there are a good number of ways banana peel can be arranged to make it even more delightful:
Blended into smoothies.
Made into banana vinegar and added to salads.
Baked with cinnamon and sugar.
Fried and caramelized to use as an ice cream topping.
Cooked with meat on top of it.
Boiled and eaten with a spoon.
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