The benefits of the banana or banana peel

Although many nutritionists advise and recommend consuming at least 5 servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables, as a way to provide our body with all the essential nutrients they contain and to be able to enjoy good health in general, it is true that few are the people who at some point have been interested in discovering what are the benefits of fruit peels .

And it is that the most usual, far from trying and consuming them, is to throw them away once we have removed them from the piece of fruit that we are going to eat at that particular moment. However, do you know the benefits that it brings eat the fruit with skin ?

Banana peel

The truth is the skin of fruits is very rich in soluble fiber , a nutrient that helps in the prevention or treatment of constipation thanks to the fact that it also improves intestinal transit. On the other hand, if we eliminate the skin we are also eliminating vitamins present in it, as for example is the case of apples or pear, whose vitamin C content is even greater than that present in its pulp.

With regard to the banana , there is no doubt that eating their skin is not very common or usual, as much as for example it could be eating an apple, a pear or a whole unpeeled plum. However, do you know that it can really bring you incredible benefits and properties?

The properties that give you the banana or banana peel

Especially in our country, and especially in those around us, we usually eat only its pulp from the banana, and we remove or discard its shell as we finish. However, some African and Asian cultures take advantage of it for its incredible nutritional qualities and benefits:

Relieves constipation and improves intestinal transit

The banana peel is an excellent source of dietary fiber, whose content is in fact even greater than that found in its meat or pulp. This fiber, in addition to promoting good digestion, also helps relieve constipation and improve intestinal transit.

Reduces blood cholesterol

If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, the banana peel is useful to help reduce your levels, especially if you eat bananas and your skin regularly.

Stabilizes blood pressure

In case of hypertension the banana is one of the most recommended fruits for its potassium content. In its shell we also find it, so its consumption is useful for people with high blood pressure.

It helps you to be in a better mood

Like its meat, in the banana or banana peel we find tryptophan, an amino acid that contributes to a good mood by promoting the production of serotonin.

Delicious banana peel

The nutritional qualities of the banana or banana peel

From a nutritional point of view, the banana peel stands out for its potassium content, a mineral that helps stabilize blood pressure, which is why foods rich in potassium are always recommended in the diet of a person with high blood pressure.

Provides dietary fiber, a very useful nutrient to help us improve our intestinal transit and help us reduce and relieve constipation in case of suffering it occasionally, especially when its consumption is regular and kept within a varied and balanced diet.

It is also very rich in tryptophan, an amino acid on which we have already spoken on another occasion and that by promoting the production of serotonin helps positively when we feel better mood.

Banana peel

Other more important benefits

The banana or banana peel also provides other interesting benefits. We highlight them below:

  • Helps to calm the discomfort caused by insect bites : The banana or banana peel is very useful to relieve the itching and pain caused by the insect bite. To enjoy this quality you should rub the area of ​​the skin where the bite is with a piece of banana peel (always on the inside).
  • Soothes the skin : as with insect bites, rubbing the inside of a banana peel with your skin helps positively to relieve itching or irritation.
  • Improves acne : in case of having pimples and acne it is common in many towns to scrape a bit of the inner part of the banana peel and pass it with clean fingers through those areas of the skin where they are present, letting it act for 15 minutes. Then you should rinse and repeat each day. Soon you will notice a decrease in acne breakouts.

In case you want to discover for yourself the different benefits provided by the banana or banana peel we advise you to always choose fruit from organic farming , Y before consumption, wash it well until all its dirt is removed. On the other hand, you should not consume the peel when the banana is no longer optimal or suitable for consumption.

Images | Steven Depolo / Carl Drougge / Kate Fisher

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