If you live in the US or any western country, you probably eat the banana and throw the peel into the trash. But there are people who actually eat the bananas with the peel. This is actually very common in some Asian countries where people eat them in cooked dishes.
The first time I heard about this, I was very curious because I always thought the peel of a banana was inedible, but apparently people eat it both cooked and raw. I never knew you could do that, so I went online and looked it up. After doing some digging around I found out why these people do it, and why you should too!
But first, are banana peels edible? Like, is it beneficial or safe to do?
Are Banana Peels Edible?
Yes it is. Not only is it edible, but it’s very nutritious. As I’ve already said, people in Asia eat it regularly, they cook it to make it more palatable. I don’t want you to think that it’s some kind of super magical exotic food because it’s not really. It is banana peel, just like apple peel, or pear peel. It has some nutrients in the peel like soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
But unlike apple and pear peels, banana peels tastes horrible raw and it’s something you wouldn’t wanna eat unless you’re in a survival situation.
Why People Eat Banana Peels
- It has both soluble and insoluble fiber. Besides helping you when you poo, the soluble fiber is known to lower LDL cholesterol, aka the “bad” cholesterol.
- Unripe banana peels contains a good dose of antioxidants such as polyphenols and carotenoids, ripe peels have less of these antioxidants. Another antioxidant in banana peel is “lutein” which is good for the health of your eyes and skin.
- Banana flesh and the skin has an amino acid called tryptophan, basically it is something that contributes to good mood and the production of serotonin.
Other Uses Besides Eating
If eating banana peels still sound unappealing to you, don’t throw them away just yet, there are still a lot of things you can do with them. Like what? Here are some other uses of the banana peel besides eating:
- Use it whiten your teeth. It is an awesome natural remedy for stained teeth. Just take the white side of the peel and rub it on your teeth, leave it for about 5 minutes and then rinse your mouth. You may or may not notice brighter teeth right away, but after a couple of times you’ll definitely notice something!
- Use it for mosquito bites. Rub the peel on your mosquito or other bug bite, the peel contains antihistamines which reduces symptoms caused by a bug bite such as itching and inflammation.
- If it’s good for your insides, then it’s also good for your outsides. Rub those peels on your skin, and your skin will benefit from the various nutrients and antioxidants in the peel. It helps with dry skin, acne, wrinkles, and it gives your skin a healthy brightened look.
- If you’re into gardening, try throwing the peels into your soil. The mineral content of the banana peel such as potassium and phosphate will improve the quality of your soil and help your plants grow better.
It is edible and you can definitely eat the peel raw or cooked, but personally I rather eat things that taste good. I would leave eating the banana peel for survival situations where the only thing I had were bananas and so I’d eat the peel so as to not waste anything.
But the good news is there are so many other things you can do with it. You know something is good for you when you can rub it on your skin and make it healthier. Rub it on your teeth for brighter teeth, rub it on your skin for better skin, throw it into the soil for better soil.
It’s too bad the banana peel tastes bitter and gross. But if you insist on eating it, I suggest you put it into a high powered blender such as the NutriBullet blenders so you can grind it with some protein power or juice to make it more palatable.
I also suggest you only eat peels from organic bananas, conventional banana peels will have lots of pesticides and other junk like that on it, so definitely go with organic if you’re gonna eat peels!
Do you have experience with eating banana peels? Feel free to post your experience down below in the comment section.