STOP! Don’t Throw That Banana Peel Away! Eat It!
If you’re like most people, you’ve been eating bananas the wrong way your entire life. It’s true the yellow fruit inside is sweet, delicious, and full of potassium…but what about the banana peel itself? Most banana-eating animals (except humans) eat the entire fruit, peel and all.
The fact is, the peel is even more nutritious than the actual banana! It contains more soluble fiber and potassium, and can even put you in a better mood because of the way it reacts with the serotonin in your brain. Banana skin also contains lutein, a powerful antioxidant that protects your eyes from the sun’s UV radiation.
Banana peels can be eaten raw, although they are purported to be ropey and have an unpleasant taste. Waiting for the fruit to ripen makes the skin much thinner, a little sweeter and easier to chew, according to “Contemporary Nutrition.” Some people prefer to boil the peel for 10 minutes or so before eating it, putting it through a juicer or blending it with other fruits.
In Asian countries, banana peels are cooked with their flesh or fried on their own. Cleaning commercially grown bananas before you eat the skins is essential due to all the spraying that bananas are subjected to. In addition to eating banana peels, they can be used to rub on your skin to stop itching, reduce inflammation, remove warts, smooth out wrinkles, get rid of acne, control psoriasis, and improve skin tone and texture. The inside of the banana peel (when rubbed on the enamel) can whiten your teeth.