Health of Banana Peel and Reason to Eat It
Bananas are a delicious and healthy food that contains fiber, essential nutrients such as potassium, and antioxidants such as vitamin C. When eating a banana, most people discard the peel. However, you might reconsider that action based on claims that banana peels have a variety of uses for:
Banana peels for skin care
A 2018 review showed that banana peels are rich in phenolics, which have strong antimicrobial and antioxidant properties and are associated with many health benefits.
According to a 2011 articleTrusted Source, banana peels have a number of bioactive compounds, such as carotenoids and polyphenols.
A 2012 study found extracts of banana peel to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Banana peels for hair health
Proponents of natural products for health and cosmetics suggest using banana peel as an ingredient in a hair mask. They say it will make your hair softer and shinier.
One way they support that claim is by drawing attention to the antioxidants in banana peel. They suggest these antioxidants neutralize free radicals to keep hair strong and healthy.
Banana peels for whitening teeth
According to a 2015 studyTrusted Source, banana peels have demonstrated antibacterial activity against A. actinomycetemcomitans and P. gingivalis. These bacteria contribute to periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Although this and other studies haven’t focused on the direct application of banana peel to teeth, practitioners of natural healing claim rubbing a banana peel on your teeth is good for your teeth and gums.
They also suggest that if you do this every day for a week, it may whiten your teeth.
Banana peels for first aid
The antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties in banana peels lead some proponents of folk medicine to suggest:
Banana peels for household cleaning
Instead of putting them directly into your trash or compost, many people have found household uses for banana peels, including using them to polish and brighten:
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Banana peels for gardening
Many organic gardeners recommend putting banana peels to use in the garden, rather than wasting them. They suggest:
adding them to soil as worm food
mixing them with water to make plant fertilizer
putting them under rose bushes as a deterrent to aphids
using them to attract butterflies
Eating banana peels
you probably haven’t seen anyone grab a banana and start eating the peel, but truth is, the peel of a banana is very much edible and is actually very nutrient dense. Although, the idea of eating a banana peel may be rather new to the western world, it has actually been eaten by many other parts of the world for decades. Green bananas peels, in particular, are rich in vitamin B6, and B12 as well as magnesium and potassium. They also contain quite a bit of protein, polyunsaturated fats, dietary fiber and essential amino acid, making them an important addition to your diet.
Green banana peels are extremely nutrient dense and rich in an amino acid called tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid used in the production of serotonin and melatonin, which plays a critical role in your mood regulation and sleep-wake cycle. Having half an organic green banana (with the peel) per day could help regulate your mood and improve your sleep, naturally.
Banana peels contain an important type of resistant starch known as R2S (Type 2 Resistant Starch), which means it must travel to the large intestine where it is then digested. It will nourishes and promotes the growth of your exisiting good bacteria in the process.
Many human studies have found that resistant starches, like those found in green banana peels, have powerful health benefits including lowering blood sugar levels, reducing appetite, treating and preventing constipation, lowering cholesterol and reducing your risk of colon cancer. The peel of a green banana has worked wonders for my patients with diabetes and is something I am constantly talking about.
The addition of resistant starches is also one of my weight loss secrets that I recommend during our weight loss programs. Resistance starches are a great source of fiber and is fermented slower than most other fibers, creating less gas and bloating. Resistant starches are also great at promoting good bacteria and balancing your gut’s natural ecosystem.
How to Peel Green Banana
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