When most of us think of eating a banana, it’s with the skin peeled – but experts are claiming we’re doing it wrong.
It’s been reported that there are numerous health benefits to be found from eating the peel. The skin contains vitamin C and B6, as well as potassium, magnesium, and fiber, so it’s a terrible waste to just fling the thing in the bin. If that wasn’t enough – it’s also a source of tryptophan, which increases serotonin levels in the brain and helps us get a good night’s sleep.
So, let me get this straight – Banana skins reduce cholesterol levels, help raise my ‘happy hormones’ and help me to sleep?
Impressive, but not that impressive. Why?
The skins taste disgusting. They’re chewy and unpalatable, and just because you can eat them, doesn’t mean you should. Just because nutrients are in the skin, it doesn’t mean the body will actually be able to use them, if it’s nearly impossible to digest. Make sure you try an organic brand, too, as pesticides can accumulate in the skin.
If you’re determined to try banana skins, try baking them in the oven as this makes them softer and sweeter. Always opt for ripe banana skins as they’re naturally sweeter.
If banana skins aren’t for you, and let’s face it – they don’t look particularly appealing – try them on a mosquito bite. Blissful relief from itching – seriously – try it out!
Banana skin experiment lesson over. Go have fun with them – peeled or not 😉