You should never throw away the banana peels! This is why:
Bananas offer a wide range of health benefits, and this is nothing new to us. But, not many people know that even the peel can be very useful. There are people in some countries that are aware of the health benefits that the peel offers.
This is how you can utilize the peel:
- For teeth whitening
Just rub the inner part against your teeth every day for two weeks. The positive results will show in short while.
- For removing skin warts
Say good bye to skin warts by using banana peel! It will remove them AND prevent them from reappearing. Just place the peel over the wart and secure it with a bandage. Let it sit overnight. Repeat until the wart is gone.
- Getting rid of acne and wrinkles
This property is due to the antioxidants and the anti-aging characteristics. Bananas hydrate and nourish the skin. Just rub the banana peel on the skin, particularly on the irritated and problematic areas. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- For treating psoriasis
Unfortunately, this disease is incurable, but banana peels can soothe the symptoms.
- Using them as an analgesic
All you have to do is rub the painful spots on your body with a banana peel.
- For losing weight
Everyone knows that the fruit is an excellent source of potassium, but the peel also contains it. As a matter of fact, the peel contains around 40% of the potassium.
Potassium is one of the key components when it comes to losing weight. It boosts the metabolism, meaning you will burn more calories and the muscles will have enough energy.
But, the peel also contains antioxidants, fiber, B-vitamins, vitamin A. What’s more, fiber is more present in the peel, than in the banana itself.
Here is a banana peel recipe that you must try!
BANANAS SKINS WITH BLACK-EYED PEAS:
To prepare it, you will need:
- 4 green banana peels
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- ½ c black-eyed peas (if using fresh, soak overnight)
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened grated coconut
- Juice of one lime
Start by chopping the peels into small pieces. Then, boil them in water together with the turmeric and a dash of salt. In order to prevent sap from sticking to your pot, add a few drops of oil to the water. Bring it to a boil, and then simmer until the skins are tender. After that, drain it but do not throw away the water as you can use it later, like for cooking rice in it or using it as a base for soups.
*If you use fresh black-eyed peas, boil them until they get tender. If you are using canned ones, just rinse and drain the beans.
Proceed by boiling the coconut oil in a skillet or a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and cook until the seeds start to pop.
Then, add the boiled peels and the black-eyed peas and stir and cook them for about 5 minutes. At last, remove the skillet or the pan from heat and add the coconut oil in. Stir until everything mixes together. You can add salt to taste and finish with lime juice.
When it comes to choosing which peel you should use, whether green or yellow, keep in mind that ripe bananas hold the anti-cancer properties. Moreover, they help your body with creating white blood cells.
Green peels on the other hand, can help you lose weight as they contain more probiotics. Moreover, green peels boost the levels of serotonin and dopamine.
Another way to consume the peel is to make a smoothie out of it. Cut away the ends of the peel and put it in a blender together with some coconut milk, cinnamon, and ice. In this case, you should choose yellow peels because they are richer in banana flavor and are sweeter.
Making a tea is another option. Again, remove the ends and boil the peels for about 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy your banana peel. If you want it to be sweeter, add honey instead of sugar.
When it comes to cooking the peels, the green ones are a better choice. You can use them to prepare chutneys or curries, or even use them instead of potatoes.
Now that you know the secrets that banana peels hold, you will think twice before throwing them away.