Bananas are so popular worldwide, they even surpass the number of oranges and apples eaten!
If those statistics are not enough to convince you, they even have a whole day dedicated to them.
Really. 17th April will be banana day, a day where banana lovers unite and go bananas over, well, bananas.
However, even the most fanatical banana lover would be astonished to discover that the banana peel can also be consumed.
Before you declare yourself a true banana connoisseur, here are some things you need to know about banana peels.
- The peels actually contain more fibre, soluble and insoluble, than the banana fruit flesh itself.
- They are rich in Lutein, an antioxidant which can protect eye health.
- It rivals mood-enhancing drugs: Banana peels boost your mood the same way drugs do as they contain tryptophan, which is responsible for doing so.
- Fatty acids in the peel won’t make you fat – they have been used to make lotions to treat eczema
So what can banana peels do for your body?
1. Smooth skin
Facing troubled skin? Here’s some good news for you: you don’t have to splurge on expensive facials and beauty products to get flawless skin.
Massaging banana peels on your face can help in clearing up breakouts, leaving you with a soft, smooth complexion.
They also contain anti-aging properties, and can prevent the onset of wrinkles.
2. Better sleep
Having trouble sleeping? Or perhaps you’re not getting a good night’s sleep.
Banana peels are full of a chemical called tryptophan. When ingested by the body, it gets broken down into sleep hormones, which also helps you to relax.
3. Whiten teeth
Commercial teeth-whitening treatments are expensive, and often use harsh bleaching chemicals which can damage your pearly whites.
Banana peels offer a natural alternative to polish that smile of yours – for free!
Simply rub the banana peel onto your teeth daily for a minute or so. The effects can be seen in a week, so keep at it!
How to add banana peels to your diet
In some cultures, these peels are fried and eaten as a treat. Natives in East India, also use them in many of their dishes and desserts.
Blending the peel into your smoothies also gets you the benefits of the banana peel, without actively eating it.
Nonetheless, if you’re still new to the idea of eating banana peels, the banana peel tea is a great starting point.
1. Boil banana peels in water
2. Flavour with your favourite tea bag (if desired)
3. Drink up!
Note: Use a fresh banana peel for best results.