We’ve all taken a bite of banana peel. Just to see how it tasted. And we’ve all concluded it tasted like banana-scented shit. Like biting into a finger that touched banana.
Well, the rest of the world enjoys that taste and texture and they’ve been eating the entire banana for years. It’s time for the western world it catch up.
While a banana’s flesh is soft and sweet, the skin is thick, fibrous, and slightly bitter. To eat the peel, you can either blend it into smoothies or fry, bake, or boil them for at least 10 minutes. Heat breaks down the skin’s fiber and loosens up that tough texture, making the peel easier to chew and digest.
Also, the riper you allow the banana to get, the thinner and sweeter the peel becomes. That’s because of a natural plant hormone called ethylene that fruits release as they ripen.
While you’re trying to digest that peel, I’ll rattle off the healthy bennies — one banana peel provides…
- 12% of your daily fiber, which helps with digestion and may help lower your risk of diabetes
- 17% of your vitamin C, which is important for your immune system as well as growth and development
- 20% of your vitamin B-6, which aids the body’s ability to convert food into energy
- 12% of your potassium, which helps in development of cells, tissues, and organs throughout the body
- 8% of your magnesium, which is important for the body’s energy productions and regulating glucose and blood pressure levels
So starting munching on some peels today but don’t just go jamming peels in your mouth or eating the entire banana without peeling (especially not in public, people will think you’re tweeking).
[via Business Insider]