Can You Eat Banana Peels? One Dietitian Says “Yes”
Bananas. There are countless ways to eat them. You can cut, dice, crush. You can toss them in a cake or vanilla pudding. You can put them in muesli, on pancakes or under yogurt. You can eat them all – peel and everything.
Yes, it may sound like bananas, but Susie Burrell, a leading dietitian in Australia and author of Lose weight fast and The last 5 kilos loseBananas – skins and all – are superfoods. As she recently told The sunBanana peels can help you lose weight and sleep better and (maybe) give you radiant skin.
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"In particular, you will increase your overall performance [fiber] at least 10 percent, because there is a lot of fiber in the banana skin, "she said The sun, "You will get nearly 20 percent more vitamin B6 and nearly 20 percent more vitamin C and you will increase both your potassium and magnesium intake."
It is believed that vitamin B6 is essential for "skin development and maintenance", while magnesium is thought to play a role in increasing sleep quality and duration. Potassium can help keep your heart strong and healthy, and Vitamin C can help fight free radicals, counteract stress hormones, and improve your mood.
Well, we would not blame you for looking at this claim with a healthy dose of skepticism. Burrell does not cite a single study to support her claim, and research into the nutritional benefits of banana peel is not exactly an important area.
However, this claim is not completely unfounded. According to a study published in 2016 Journal of Immunology ResearchBanana peels are high in fiber, potassium and polyunsaturated fats. And according to a study published in 2011 Applied biochemistry and biotechnologyUnripe banana peels have a higher content of antioxidants than mature, indicating that useful nutrients are actually present.
There's another advantage: you do not need a dietitian or a study or a group of scientists to tell you about it: eating banana peels reduces food waste. And that's it Something we can all leave behind.
Now it's all about actually eating a banana skin. Before eating, be sure to wash all the bananas, as you will consume the fruits that germs accumulate from the outside and make sure they are thoroughly clean.
Burrell writes in her blog that … "softening the skin to soften helps break down some of the cell walls in the skin and make the nutrients easier to absorb."
Next, whip out your blender to mix the bowl into a smoothie. This is the easiest way to add it to your routine.