Bananas are the most popular fruit in the U.S., with more consumed annually than apples and oranges combined. Bananas have been sold in North America since the late 1800s, although the popular variety at that time is not the one we enjoy today. In 1890, a disease spread throughout banana-growing regions of Latin America and the Caribbean and destroyed many banana farms. Research began in the early 1900s to develop a disease-resistant banana, which led to the introduction of the Cavendish banana—the kind we find in grocery store produce departments today.
Most of us throw away the shells and peels without being aware of their benefits. Some, like the banana peel are very beneficial for our health. Today we’re going to show you how to use banana peels and help you learn more about their health benefits.
Banana peels have a rich nutritional profile. They are rich in vitamins B, C and K as well as minerals such as iron and potassium. Here are the main health benefits of the peels:
Improve the function of your digestive system
Banana peels are rich in fiber and other important nutrients which can clean our intestines and boost our digestion. Eat a bit of banana peel every day in order to keep your digestive system running properly and improve your bowel movements.
In order to reduce your headaches, put a banana peel on your forehead with the inside part on your skin and leave it to work for 15 minutes. This can reduce your headaches in just a short time.
Boost your vision
Consuming at least one banana peel per day can improve your vision and the health of your eyes. Banana peels contain beta-carotene as well as vitamin A which are important for proper eye health.
Reduce high cholesterol levels
The huge amount of potassium found in banana peels can keep your arteries clean and reduce the levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol in your blood, effectively preventing numerous cardiovascular diseases. Eat bananas more often in order to control your cardiovascular health.
Improve the appearance of your skin and treat various skin problems
Banana peels can treat all kinds of skin problems including eczema, psoriasis, dry skin and itchy skin as well. Rub the inside of the peel on the affected areas at least twice a day to treat the problem and prevent it from recurring. Banana peels can also help you treat acne and pimples, and will definitely improve the quality of your skin.