Why You Should Start Eating the Entire Banana

Katie Sweeney

As someone who eats a banana every morning, a recent article about bananas on Business Insider caught my eye. Apparently, eating banana peels is a thing for everyone aside from Westerners. “If you live in the U.S. or Australia, you're probably used to tossing banana peels in the trash. But people in other countries (including India) have been taking advantage of their nutritional benefits for decades, writes Jessica Orwig. The banana peel is filled with many of our daily nutrients and contains high amounts of vitamins B6 and B12. It’s also environmentally friendly to eat the peel. Americans eat 12 billon bananas a year, and since most of the peels are tossed into the trash, that makes a lot of organic waste. A banana’s skin shouldn’t be eaten raw — it’s best fried, baked, boiled, or blended into a smoothie. Why? The heat breaks down the tough texture, making the peel easier to digest and chew.

Keep your banana and peel free of bruises by storing it on a banana hanger.

Would you eat a banana’s peel?

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