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.