Going Bananas – Why You Should Eat Your Banana Peel

Why You Should Eat Your Banana Peel

Bananas are one of the most wildly consumed fruits in the world. Many people don’t know that you can actually eat the peel. The peel is not nearly as sweet as the flesh, but they are rich in some nutrients, especially potassium, magnesium and fiber. That’s probably why primates eat bananas, peel and all. In general, the peels of fruits contain additional nutrients and fiber that complement the inside flesh.

Benefits of eating the peel of a banana:

  • Fiber – Promotes digestion and healthy bowel movements
  • Lutein – The peel contains lutein, an antioxidant carotenoid pigmented nutrient that is responsible for the yellow colors in bananas and protects the eye from free radicals and harmful frequencies of UV radiation from the sun. You’re born with a certain amount of lutein in your eye, but your body doesn’t reproduce it.
  • Mood Enhancer – Research shows that banana peels contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin. Serotonin is popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness.
  • Weight loss – The soluble fiber helps keep you full and keeps your gastrointestinal tract moving.

How to eat your banana peel

Please make sure you buy organic bananas and wash thoroughly before consuming. Cut the ends off and prepare in the following ways…

  • They can be eaten raw. This is the least popular way to consume them due to the texture and un-sweet/bitter flavor.
  • Boil the banana in water for about 10 minutes and drink as a tea.
  • Put it in a smoothie (cooked or raw)

Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 cup of leafy green such as kale, swiss chard or spinach
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1/2 banana
  • cinnamon
  • honey or stevia to sweeten (optional)
  • water or coconut milk

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