Why you should be eating banana skins

Would you eat a banana skin?

Dietitan Susie Burrell has revealed that eating banana skins may help shift stubborn kilos and assist with a good night's sleep.

Okay, we're listening but how do you eat a banana skin? Don't worry, you don't have to start throwing back straight banana peels, Susie suggests adding the skin to a meal or smoothie.

"Cooking the skin to soften it will help to break down some of the cell walls within the skin, helping to make the nutrients easy to absorb," Susie said on her blog.

Susie suggests dishes that work particularly well with banana peel include muffins, banana bread and curries.

"Specifically, you will increase your overall fibre content by at least 10 per cent as a lot of dietary fibre can be found in the skin of the banana," Susie's blog read. This increase in fibre can assist with weight loss, too. 

When selecting your banana skin, Susie says to be mindful of the colour. "Bananas with bright yellow skins have a higher proportion of antioxidants associated with anti-cancer effects, while green skins (less ripe bananas) are particularly rich in the amino acid tryptophan which is associated with good sleep quality," she wrote.

So, will you be using up your banana peels next time?

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