Eating Banana Skins May Help Lose Weight and Sleep Better

Top dietitian Susie Burrell says that eating the fruit’s peel can improve your sleep, enhance your skin and even boost weight loss.

She says: “Specifically, you will increase your overall fiber content by at least ten per cent as a lot of dietary fiber can be found in the skin of the banana.”

“You will get almost 20 per cent more vitamin B6 and almost 20 per cent more vitamin C and you will boost both your potassium and magnesium intake.”

But it is not recommended to eat the banana peel as it is. Blending the peel in a smoothie or cooking it in a curry is best.

Here are all the ways bananas can help you!

Kill a hangover: Bananas contain potassium – a mineral lost when we drink alcohol. It’s important to replenish it quickly and potassium helps to maintain fluids in the body.

Beat stroke: Potassium helps to reduce the activity of blood platelets which cause blood to clot. Unwanted clots are responsible for a large proportion of all strokes.

Boost immune system: One medium-sized banana provides around 25 per cent of our recommended daily vitamin C intake.

Fight cancer: Good and regular intakes of antioxidants alpha carotene and beta carotene have been associated with reducing the risk of lung cancer.

Lose weight: Bananas are rich in fibre – which will help to keep you fuller for longer – so they may fight obesity.

Fall asleep: The magnesium in bananas promotes better sleep and muscle relaxation, so eating one before bed could help you to nod off more quickly.

Healthy pregnancy: They also contain an impressive mix of B vitamins, including some folate. That is vital for pregnant women because it can reduce the risk of spina bifida in babies.

Boost brain: Again, this is down to the potassium, which helps to keep plenty of oxygen running through the brain.

Cut heart attacks: Bananas have been proven to help reduce the risk of a heart attack. They do this by reducing levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood. This means your arteries don’t get blocked.

Fight flu: This fab fruit also contains quercetin, a super-nutrient. The nutrient has been shown in lab studies to help kill off viruses such as the herpes simplex virus, which triggers colds and flu.

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