Yes you heard right. You can now eat the banana peels also not just the part that is inside the banana peel. In fact the peels of the banana have even more nutricious value.
Lots of people have a tendency to throw away the banana peels because they do not know the health benefits it holds. But in the countries like India they have been using the peels for deades.
If you eat daily the peels of the banana you will get these nutiricional values and benefits from it that are quite amazing :
12% of your daily fiber, which helps with digestion and may help lower your risk of diabetes 17% of your vitamin C, which is important for your immune system as well as growth and development 20% of your vitamin B-6, which aids the body’s ability to convert food into energy 12% of your potassium, which helps in development of cells, tissues, and organs throughout the body 8% of your magnesium, which is important for the body’s energy productions and regulating glucose and blood pressure levels
If you then eat the skin along with the flesh you get an even bigger boost in these same nutrients:
“[The skin] contains high amounts of vitamin B6 and B12, as well as magnesium and potassium. It also contains some fiber and protein,” San Diego-based nutritionist Laura Flores told LiveScience.
Eating the peel is not only good for your body but also better for the environment.
In 2013, bananas were America’s most popular fresh fruit. The average American ate 11.4 pounds of bananas over the course of that year.
Since a medium-sized banana weighs about 0.3 pounds, that equates to about 38 bananas per person, or roughly 12 billion for the whole US. And since most of us toss the peel, that also means a lot of organic waste. Most of this waste goes to landfills, but some of it is used as fertilizer, in water purification, and in composting.
Other uses for the incredible banana peel
If you can’t stomach the thought of eating a banana peel, then consider some of the many other ways you can reuse this valuable product of nature. Here are a few of the 16 ways that health and wellness website Natural Living Ideas suggests:
Add a few slices of banana peel to a bucket of water and let the mixture sit for a couple of days. Use this to water your planets. The added nutrients from the banana will keep your plants growing strong. You can make banana vinegar from the peels that can then be added to salads and vegetables. See the recipe instructions here. Place your meat atop a ripe banana peel in your roasting pan to keep the meat moist and tender as it cooks.
Whether you’re gnawing on a raw peel or using it in your cooking, always make sure to wash it thoroughly.