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We Know the Health Benefits of Eating Bananas

That has been told to us for years and years. Recently, however, nutritionists and researchers have been looking into the peels with some surprising results. The banana peel has some incredible health benefits that may surprise you.  We even think you might find the results “A-Peeling”!

1. Boost Your Mood

According to a study at the University of Taiwan, banana peels are packed full of serotonin which boosts your mood and helps you feel happy. Some studies have shown that eating two banana peels can raise your serotonin level by nearly 15% in just three days. Plus, the banana peel can help you sleep easily because of the tryptophan found in it. Tryptophan is the sleep-inducing amino acid famously found in turkey and milk products.

2. Cardiovascular Health

Research is being done on the benefits banana peels have on cardiovascular health. There have been some early results showing promise that the peels may help to lower cholesterol levels. The peels of the banana contain more fiber than what is found in the meat of the actual banana. Scientists are studying how much fiber may lower your cholesterol which helps prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer. Researchers are studying patients who eat banana peels daily, and promising results show decreased LDL or bad cholesterol and total cholesterol.

3. Antioxidant

Banana peels contain something called lutein which is a carotenoid with antioxidant properties. It reduces oxidative stress and neutralizes free radicals in various organs, including your skin. The lutein found in the peel also supplies nutritional sustenance to your eyes. Lutein reduces the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts, filters out harmful UV rays, and protects your eyes from free radical damage.

4. Fiber

Banana Peels! They aren’t high in calories and can be crucial in helping to keep extra pounds from gathering at your waistline. Plus, don’t forget about all that fiber which can slow digestion and boost feelings of fullness. When shopping, choose green peels, which are better for cooking. You will get a healthy amount of probiotics, which research shows are essential to balancing the body’s internal flora for weight loss. Green skins are also rich in resistant starch, the “calorie-free carb” that our bodies can’t digest and triggers fat burning in animal studies.

5. Cancer Prevention

Studies are being done on banana peels and their anti-carcinogenic compounds that help prevent cancer. Peels have been found to contain cytoprotective and antimutagenic properties, which reduce cancer risk. The peels have been found to contain carotenoids and polyphenols like those found in green tea that help keep your immune system healthy.

6. Red Blood Cells

If you consider adding banana peels to your diet, you could be helping your red blood cells. The nutrients found in peels can help prevent your red blood cells from breaking down. Nutritionists and researchers lean towards green peels because they were more effective at protecting the body from free radicals in studies done so far.

How Do You Eat a Banana Peel?

You can eat a banana peel raw, but it is not very tasty, and it tends to be somewhat stringy. You can boil the peel, which will soften it up and keep the essential nutrients. You can also make a fun dessert with it. In many parts of Asia, the banana peel is added to a fresh fruit dessert. If you want to get more sweetness from the peel, let it turn darker before eating it.

You can also make a boiled banana peel tea. Just boil your banana peels in water, and then add your favorite sweeteners to the water. Make sure you save the peel itself! Why not get the bonus of the fiber!

Make sure always to buy organic bananas if you will eat the peels. Non-organic peels are directly exposed to pesticides when trees are sprayed. You want to avoid ingesting these harmful toxins. It may cost a bit more to buy organic, but you will avoid eating pesticides and insecticides. Your body will thank you for it!

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