6 Reasons You Should Put The Whole Banana–Peel and All—In Your Smoothie

Banana peels are even better for you than bananas.

March 22, 2017
Banana peels are packed with nutrients. Include organic banana peels in your smoothies.
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If you're a smoothie lover who always keeps a steady supply of organic bananas on hand, here's a fun fact: The peel on a banana is even more nutritious than the pulp. If you have a high-powered blender, you can get even more out of the fruit by incorporating the peel into your smoothie—just remove the stem and throw the whole thing in there. (Try including it in one of these 4 essential smoothie recipes.) Here’s why you should try it:

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Banana peels contain nutrients that protect your eyes.
They Protect Your Eyes

Banana peels are packed with vitamin A and lutein, which contribute to eye health and are thought to protect against cataracts and macular degeneration. 

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Banana peels contain seratonin and tryptophan, which elevate your mood.
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They Improve Your Mood

Just like your Thanksgiving turkey, banana peels contain tryptophan. Banana peels are also rich in mood-elevating serotonin—and the levels only increase as bananas get riper.

Banana peels contain potassium, which helps to regulate your blood pressure.
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They Help Your Heart

Banana peels are extremely high in potassium, which works with sodium to balance the fluids and electrolyte levels in your body, regulating your heartbeat, and protecting against heart disease. (All of that potassium also makes it good for whitening your teeth). 

Banana peels are high in antioxidants.
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They're High In Antioxidants

Banana peels boast a high concentration of phytochemicals such as polyphenols and carotenoids—antioxidants that help fight cancer.

Banana peels are high in soluble and insoluble fiber—good for weight loss and lowering cholesterol.
They Can Help You Lose Weight

Banana peels are very high in soluble and insoluble fiber, which can slow digestion, boost feelings of fullness–a boon if you are trying to lose weight. All of that fiber also helps to lower cholesterol. 

Eating banana peels keeps them out of landfill.
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You'll Keep Them Out Of Landfill

Last but not least, eating your banana peels also shrinks your carbon footprint. If you don’t have a high-powered blender that can take on a banana peel, try these 5 easy ways to cook with banana peels. And if you still aren’t convinced, here are 10 more uses for a banana peel besides eating them.