Can You Eat Banana Peels?

While peeling off the skin of bananas, has the thought ever crossed your kind whether you can eat banana peels? They do look good. They are not even hard like the skin of pomegranates. What do you think? Can we really eat banana peels? And if yes, why? If these are the questions in your mind right now, read to find all the answers.

 Is it OK to eat banana peels?

Yes, you can eat banana peels because they are neither poisonous nor inedible. They are soft, can be chewed easily, and even digested well by the body. However, you may no get that sweet taste you can enjoy by eating bananas. So, is it worth taking the efforts to eat the not-so-tasty banana peels? Let us check if eating banana peels could provide you any health benefits.

What are the benefits of eating banana peels?

  • Banana peels possess natural antibiotic properties. Eating banana peels could cleanse your stomach and intestine by destroying harmful pathogens harboring in the digestive tract and thus, improve your digestion. It can also neutralize stomach acid to some extent and thus, provide relief from heartburn, and gastritis. Hence, patients who suffer from indigestion, gastric ulcers, and other digestive complaints are advised to eat banana peels. [1]
  • Banana peels contain a rich amount of dietary fibers. However, it contains very few calories. The high-fiber content of banana peels can be beneficial for the management of digestive issues such as bloating and constipation. It is believed to work by increasing the bulk of stools thereby easing the passage of stool.
  • The high-fiber content of banana peels can also help to reduce your hunger. It works by creating a sense of fullness in the stomach. It can reduce your desire to eat more food and thus, control your food intake without increasing your total calorie consumption. Thus, eating banana peels could offer an effective way to lose weight.
  • Banana peel could be beneficial for restoring the health and normal functions of various organs and tissues of the body. It contains several bioactive compounds including polyphenols and carotenoids. These compounds possess antioxidant properties, which can help to minimize oxidative damage to the cells. This can prevent cancerous changes in the organs caused due to free radicals and thus, reduce the risk of cancer. [2]
  • Banana peels can act as an astringent and an anti-inflammatory agent. It contains phenols that can protect the body tissues against pro-inflammatory substances thereby preventing abnormal changes like redness and swelling. Hence, eating banana peel is recommended to allow the body to derive its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. [3]

Conclusion

Banana peels are indeed healthy and can offer numerous benefits in terms of improved digestion and relief from constipation. If you want to improve your digestive functions, reduce your calorie intake, and prevent constipation, you have enough reasons to eat banana peels.

References:

  1. Kapadia SP, Pudakalkatti PS, Shivanaikar S. Detection of antimicrobial activity of banana peel (Musa paradisiaca L.) on Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans: An in vitro study. Contemp Clin Dent. 2015;6(4):496–499. doi:10.4103/0976-237X.169864
  2. Sundaram, Shanthy, Shadma Anjum, Priyanka Dwivedi, and Gyanendra Kumar Rai. “Antioxidant Activity and Protective Effect of Banana Peel against Oxidative Hemolysis of Human Erythrocyte at Different Stages of Ripening.” Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. U.S. National Library of Medicine, August 2011. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21369778.
  3. Phuaklee, Pathompong, Srisopa Ruangnoo, and Arunporn Itharat. “Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Activities of Extracts from Musa Sapientum Peel.” Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet Thangphaet. U.S. National Library of Medicine, January 2012. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23964457.