How popular are bananas?  It's mind boggling.  More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year in the world, making them the fourth most popular agricultural product.

Americans eat an average of 28.2 pounds per person every year.  That's a lot of banana peels  Most of us peel our bananas before eating them which leads to the slapstick pratfall moment in a lot of comedies and cartoons, but some dietitians say you shouldn't toss the peel if you're trying to lose weight.

Fox News reports that eating banana skin can improve your sleep, improve the appearance of your skin, and even help you drop a few pounds.

Eating banana skin increases your intake of fiber, as well as your intake of vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.  Bananas with bright yellow skins have a higher proportion of antioxidants, while green skinned bananas (less ripe) are particularly rich in the amino acid tryptophan which is linked to sleep quality.

The recommendation is to put the peel in a smoothie, baked goods, or curry, as cooking it will soften it up, making the nutrients easier to absorb.  Oh, and don't slip while you're doing that!




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