When we think of bananas, we instantly think of the flesh of the fruit, which is not only delicious but also nutritious. But even though this may sound weird, the flesh isn’t the only one that you should add to your diet.
Banana peels, which you throw into the bin, are also edible and are good for the body. But instead of putting them to the trash, you will be surprised at just how incredibly nutritious these peels are.
Nutritional Content of Banana Peels
The skin of the banana contains the following nutrients:
- Potassium: to combat high sodium diet and protect the heart
- Magnesium: for the function of the muscles and nerves
- Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine: for skin, liver, eyes, and hair
- Vitamin B12 or cobalamin: for the central nervous system
- Fiber: for gut health
- Protein: for building muscles and for healthy cells
You can use the banana peels for the following purposes:
1.) Teeth Whitening: Rub the peel on your teeth for a minute. Do this every day for the whole week.
2.) Wart Removal: Rub the peel on the wart. You can also tie it there overnight.
3.) Pimple Cure: Massage the peels on your face for at least five minutes. Do this every day to remove your pimples, which should take effect within a week. Make this a part of your routine even when the acne is gone.
4.) Wrinkle Reducer: Banana peels can hydrate your skin and this is excellent for decreasing wrinkles. You can add an egg yolk after you mash the peel. Apply the mixture to your face and let it stay there for five minutes.
5.) Psoriasis Treatment: Same thing, rub the peel on the area where your skin is itchy and flaking. The peels can act as a moisturizer and may help you with the itchiness.
6.) Bug Bite Healer: Massage the peel on the bite to get the relief you need from pain and itching.
With all these uses and benefits, you probably think banana peels should be more popular, not just to be thrown to the trash. But most people don’t like the taste of the peels. To help you with this problem, go for a very ripe banana since they have thinner skin than an unripe or ripe one. You can also use the peel to help tenderize the meat you’re cooking. Of course, don’t forget to wash the peel, especially if you plan to eat it.