You Can and Probably Should Eat Banana Peels
You hear about how healthy bananas are all the time, but did you know that the peel also packs a healthy wallop?
We thought banana peels were good for two things: protecting bananas and serving as comedic props. That was until we heard that not only is it safe to eat banana peels; it’s also advisable.
Why is this a thing? In addition to potassium, which helps balance electrolytes and grow cells, banana peels are agreat source of magnesium (for a healthy heart and strong immune system), fiber (for colon health) and vitamins B12 and B6 (for metabolism and strong cells).
But what do they taste like? Depends on how ripe they are. Unripe banana peels are thick, fibrous and bitter. As they ripen, the skin thins out and gets sweeter, making them prime for consumption.
OK, but how do I eat them? First, make sure to buy organic, since they haven’t been treated with pesticides. From there, blend them into smoothies or brew banana tea, which works as a sleep aid thanks to the banana’s tryptophan.
And you’re sure people do this? Absolutely. Turns out a lot of the world (especially Asian and Indian cultures) has been eating banana peels for years. While it’s not necessary that you make use of the entire banana, the peel is a great source of additional vitamins and nutrients.
1. Great for Depression – Did you know that ripe Banana Peels are great for depression? Banana Peels are packed full of serotonin which boost your mood and help you feel happy, just like prozac and lots of other mood enhancing drugs… according to a study at the University of Taiwan. Studies show that if you eat two Banana Peels a day for three days you have a net increase of 15% in your serotonin level – Wow!
2. Sleep Better – At the same time Banana Peels are full of lots of tryptophan that help you get a good nights rest.
3. Lower Cholesterol – And Banana Peels have more soluble and insoluble fiber than what you find in the banana it self, that means Banana Peels lower your cholesterol… thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.
In fact there are been some people who have started the process of eating Banana Peels daily and thus lowered their LDL or bad cholesterol, and total cholesterol all the way back to normal, and they also detoxed their body at the same time… and found their mood greatly enhanced.
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