If you’re like most people, you probably enjoy a few bananas each week as part of a balanced diet. With that nice sturdy peel, they have their own built-in armor which makes them perfect for a sack lunch. That peel is so sturdy partly because of all the fiber content in it, but as we tear into the peel to access the sweet fruit inside, we immediately disregard all the goodness that peel may have to offer. Into the trash or the compost pile it goes, where it could possibly help nourish something out there, but it’s not likely to be you.
But what if you knew all the great nutrition that’s packed into that sturdy to-go container for your beloved banana? And what if harvesting some of that nutritious deliciousness for yourself, were as simple as making tea?
In India, banana peel tea has been a thing for a while now. Hopefully soon, it will begin to become more mainstream. Why not take advantage of all the nutrition available to you? Waste not, want not, as they say!
The easiest way to take in all those wonderful nutrients from the peel? By making tea, of course. Making banana peel tea a part of your regular diet can help support your health in a variety of ways.
Thanks to the tryptophan found in banana peels, we can experience a mood boost as well as a great night’s sleep. Thanks to the way that tryptophan helps increase the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine, stress hormones may be regulated. This, in turn, brightens a person’s mood while mellowing them out too. A feeling of calm during the day, and relaxation at night. Sound great? Yes, it really does.
Another way banana peels promote a good sleep is through potassium and magnesium content. Magnesium deficiency can lead to trouble sleeping, so a mug of warm banana peel tea before bed can help your brain relax enough to easily enter sleep mode.
Banana peels are loaded with soluble fiber, which has been proven to lower cholesterol. In addition to that, they are high in potassium too, which helps balance the body protect against heart disease and keep your heartbeat regular. With lower cholesterol and a balanced heartbeat, you can continue building a stronger heart and cardiovascular system.
With all these great reasons to add banana peel tea to your routine, why not start today?
First, choose your bananas. Look for the ones that are already very ripe. The riper the better. In this state, the peel becomes sweeter and thinner thanks to the ethylene that is produced as they ripen.
You can make tea from the peel of a banana you just ate, or you can use the entire fruit if you prefer. If you use the whole fruit, or just a peel, be sure to cut off both ends of the banana. Place the peel or the entire banana into a pot with a few cups of water. Boil for about 10 minutes.
Pour the tea through a strainer or colander and allow it to cool before drinking. You may prefer to add a little more flavor (and medicinal benefit) with cinnamon or a bit of honey. Both of these offer antifungal and antibacterial properties and help reduce inflammation too.
To your health!
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