Eating banana skins may help with weight loss, expert suggests

Bananas are high in potassium-rich content but a dietician says that eating the peel of the fruit has great health benefits.

The Sun reported that eating banana skins can help shed pounds, improve your sleep, and enhance your skin.

They spoke to Susie Burrel, a dietitian, who told them that by eating the banana's skin, "you will increase your overall fibre content by at least ten per cent as a lot of dietary fibre can be found in the skin of the banana."

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She added that with this, "you will get almost 20 percent more vitamin B6 and almost 20 percent more vitamin C and you will boost both your potassium and magnesium intake."

Burrel does not suggest eating the peel though. She told The Sun that you should put it in a smoothie, baked good, or curry instead. Cooking the skin to soften it will break down some of the cell walls within the skin, helping to make the nutrients easy to absorb. Plus, it is also more practical.

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The particular banana skin you pick is also important. Burrel said. For example, bananas with bright yellow skins have a  higher proportion of antioxidants associated with anti-cancer effects. Green skins, however, are rich in amino acid tryptophan, which is associated with good sleep quality. They also are rich in resistance starch, which benefits stomach health.

The Sun listed multiple benefits of eating bananas, including:

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  • Kill a hangover
  • Beat stroke
  • Boost immune system
  • Fight cancer 
  • Lose weight
  • Fall asleep
  • Healthy pregnancy
  • Boost brain
  • Cut heart attacks
  • Fight flu

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