Friday, October 30th, 2015

Apparently Eating Banana Peels is the Newest Superfood Trend

Superfoods have been trending over the past couple of years. Everybody seems to want to get their hands on chia seeds, goji berries, kale, quinoa, coconut oil, etc. But, now, there is a new superfood that is beginning to turn heads: banana peels. People have been eating bananas for generations, but one thing has remained the same over the years, and that is throwing out the banana peels. But, rather than slipping on banana peels, people are actually eating them. And, as it turns out, there really are potential health benefits to this. Banana peels contain a lot of fiber, vitamins B6 and B12, magnesium, and potassium. Many people are beginning to use their banana peels in their smoothies, where you would not be able to tell the difference. But, there is one caution to take when taking part in this new trend. Bananas are treated with major pesticides, so be careful not to eat their peels too frequently. Be sure you properly clean all banana peels before consumption. And, tomorrow morning you will have one new addition to your morning smoothie!

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You’ve probably heard about the rising popularity of “superfoods” — basically food that’s good for you but usually comes with a hefty price tag. Recently popularized superfoods include chia seeds, maca, coconut oil, quinoa, goji berries, cacao, and… banana peels? Yep, you read that right.

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Apparently, people are now eating banana peels and calling them superfoods. How could the toughest, stringy-est, least tasty part of a banana be appetizing? As it turns out, there are actually some potential health benefits to this wacky habit. But do those benefits outweigh the weirdness and the questioning, sideways glances from your friends? Let’s take a look.

As it turns out, banana peels do contain a solid amount of nutrients including:

  • Fiber (for a healthy colon)
  • Vitamins B6 and B12 (for healthy cells and metabolism)
  • Magnesium (for immunity, muscle, and heart health)
  • Potassium (for electrolyte balance, nerve transmissions, and steady heartbeats).

Read the full article here.

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