Banana peels are not just responsible for people slipping on them – they can be very beneficial and people around the world eat them the same as bananas. At least half of the known banana benefits are hidden in the peels, and we are throwing them away every time.

Why banana peel is the secret to losing weight

Bananas contain high amounts of potassium and it’s mostly present in the peel (about 40%). Potassium is needed for weight loss as it boosts the metabolism, accelerating the burning weight process and providing the muscles with energy. When you’re full of energy, you’re likely to be more active.

And this is not all. Banana peels contain antioxidants and vitamins A and B, which also boost the metabolism. They also contain fiber which will make you feel full for longer.

Green or yellow?

You’ve probably heard lot about the best time to eat a banana and the advantages of it. Ripe bananas are great for fighting cancer and can boost the number of white blood cells. However, green bananas are better for weight loss. They contain probiotics which can improve your digestive health and according to studies they will also raise your serotonin and dopamine levels by 15%.

Why should you eat the peel?

Not many people are attracted to the idea of eating banana peels, but there are ways that can make them tastier.

You can add them to smoothies, for example. Mix them with some coconut milk, cinnamon, ice and whatever suits you best. If you’re adding them to smoothies, pick the yellow ones as they are sweeter. You can also prepare tea from the peels – just boil the peels in water for about 10 minutes, then strain and enjoy the tea. You can add honey to taste.

Green bananas are perfect for cooking, and are even advertised and sold as “cooking” bananas. They are starchier and take the flavor from whatever you cook them with. Use them in chutneys or curries or as a potato substitute, just remove both ends and prepare them.

Of course, it’s important to know that you need organic bananas in order to benefit from them. Once you’ve tried the peels, you will never throw them again!