Bananas are one of my favorite fruits to eat and I make sure to add them to my diet plan when I try to lose weight. They have a good source of potassium and fiber to suppress your appetite when you are hungry. Now, a nutritionist is finding that banana peels may help you lose weight.
“Specifically, you will increase your overall fiber content by at least 10 percent as a lot of dietary fiber can be found in the skin of the banana,” Australian nutritionist Susie Burrell wrote in a blog sponsored by Australian Bananas. “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.
So basically, if you are brave enough to eat the skins of a banana, you could possibly increase your chances your weight loss. The question is, how can you prepare the peels to make is pleasing to eat?
How should we eat banana peels for weight loss?
Susie suggests that we cook the skin of the banana to soften it, then we can use the skin to blend with smoothies or add to recipes. I do love smoothies, so I can see myself adding the skins to my protein shakes before workouts.
Does color matter?
Also, the color of the bananas makes a nutritional difference as well. For example, yellow bananas have a good source of antioxidants to fight cancer while green bananas contain tryptophan (good for quality of sleep).
More research is needed
Keep in mind that even though banana peels are edible and have do nutritional value, research to back up Susie’s weight loss claims is insufficient.
“There is no published research on this, so we don’t know for certain how eating them may impact weight loss,” Health’s contributing nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, RD, explains. While theoretically nutrients like fiber, prebiotics, and antioxidants may help with weight loss, because the studies are lacking, there is no established form (green versus ripe), specific amount/dose, prep method, or frequency (daily, weekly, etc.) tied to a specific amount of weight lost over a given time frame. “I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to try to incorporate them into your diet,” she says.
Banana peels may help you lose weight
To say the least, there are other foods that are high in fiber such as whole grains, nuts and oatmeal if banana peels are not your thing. But if you do choose banana peels, make sure they are USDA certified and washed thoroughly. If you are able to get the fiber you need out of them, then yes, banana peels may help you lose weight.
Source: Groth, L. “Can Eating Banana Peels Help You Lose Weight?” www.health.com December 2, 2019.