After reading the following surprising benefits of banana peels, trust me, you will think twice before tossing any banana peel into the bin! From directly eating banana peels (yes, you heard that right!) to using banana peels as water purifiers, the benefits of banana peels you will read here are sure to open your eyes just a little bit wider.
Banana peels are the thick ropey-textured and green to yellow colored skin of bananas. In western society, banana peels are trashed while the flesh is eaten; however, many animals in the primate family consume bananas whole, peel and all.
Many indigenous tribes in Africa are also known to consume bananas whole, just as the primates do. Although in Asian society, only banana flesh is eaten as fruit, many know the unique and abundant benefits provided by banana peels, and as such, they have been using delicious recipes to cook and eat banana peel since ancient times.
We shall make known to you the benefits of banana peels that can be enjoyed whether for skin and beauty purposes, for home remedy purposes, and also for health purposes in this hub.
What are the Health Benefits of Banana Peels?
1. Fight Cholesterol
The soluble fiber contained in banana peel (and banana flesh too) is also importantly used in lowering cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber has been extensively studied and proven to reduce the levels of low density lipoprotein, LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol.
2. Rich source of soluble & insoluble fiber
Fiber is best known to promote healthy bowel movement and relieve constipation – however, did you know that dietery fiber has other benefits as well? Banana peels are rich in soluble fiber as well (just like apple peel), which can help you maintain a healthy weight, by making you feel full. Studies have also shown soluble fiber to reduce the risk of heart attacks and avert early onset of diabetes.
3. Protect your Eyesight
Another antioxidant found in banana peel is ‘lutein’, is known to reduce oxidative stress and neutralize free radical damage in various organs, including the skin. But lutein is also known to provide nutritional sustainance to the eyes – by not only reducing the risks of macular degeneration and cataracts, but by also filtering out harmful UV rays from damaging the eyes, as well as protecting cells in the eyes from free radical damage.
4. Antioxidant properties
Anti-oxidants are the much-pursued miracle substances which offer sublime anti-aging benefits. Banana peel has been found to be rich in polyphenols and carotenoids, which are phytochemicals with antioxidant properties. Studies have found that unripe banana peel contains more of these anti-oxidants than ripe banana peel. No wonder Asian recipes fry unripe banana peel as a crispy and anti-oxidant rich salted snack!
5.Boost your Mood with Banana Peel
Clinical studies conducted on the properties of banana peel discovered that banana peel contains a particular substance called tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is needed for the production of hormones like serotonin, a brain hormone, which acts as a mood booster. This property is found in banana flesh as well.
Researchers suggest a minimum of 6mg – 10mg is required daily to derive the benefits of lutein. So as you add up on your daily lutein intake with dark green leafy vegetables, spinach and fruit, why not throw in some banana peel as well to hit the mark?
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