Food is an important thing.
We need it to live, and let’s be honest, food is just so tasty! It can really add a little extra flavor in our lives.
Obviously, we should try to keep quite a bit of healthy food in our diets, snack on apples instead of sweets, and stick to broccoli rather than munch on crisps.
But there are some things of these healthy foods we avoid eating, like the apple core, or the stem of broccoli, or even the peel of an orange.
Sometimes we can’t eat these things, then other times we simply avoid eating them because we just don’t want to and never have, and sometimes we avoid eating certain things because we don’t know if they are edible to eat.
We’re all guilty of throwing out any part of a fruit or vegetable that we are kind of unsure of.
While it’s true that this isn’t necessarily a bad habit, as you shouldn’t go around eating things you’re unsure about. But with that being said, you shouldn’t rule something out as an option without knowing its benefits first.
This includes those weird strings-like things that are attached to bananas.
Honestly, I’m guilty of doing this. I would throw them out too because I had no idea what they actually were.
But instead of throwing them straight into the bin, you should actually try eating them.
I know they seem like an unnecessary, bitter part of the banana that no one wants to eat, they’re surprisingly good for you!
I bet you didn’t know that those weird strings are actually called phloem bundles. I know, that’s a pretty weird and fun name, but that’s not the best bit!
They’re actually packed full of potassium, fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin B6! I bet you’re already regretting throwing them into the bin!
But what exactly is a phloem bundle?
Well, it’s a tissue found in all plants. They’re actually responsible for the transport of nutrients to the fruit, which helps them grow properly.
These phloem bundles are also pretty helpful when it comes to telling you whether the fruit is ripe enough to eat.
If all of the nutrients haven’t been evenly spread throughout the fruit, then the phloem bundles stay on the fruit more tightly, which means that the banana is under-ripe.
Of course, phloem bundles aren’t the only part of a banana you shouldn’t be throwing into the bin!
You can eat the whole thing, especially the peel. They’re not only edible, they’re actually good for you too!
I bet you weren’t expecting to hear that!
A single banana peel contains high amounts of vitamin B6 and B12, but it also has a high level of magnesium and potassium. But that’s not all, it also contains some fiber and protein.
Now I’m fully aware that you’ll probably never try and eat a banana peel yourself. But it’s not as weird as it sounds!
There are people in other countries, which includes countries like India, where they have been taking full advantage of their nutritional benefits for decades.
Seriously, I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t try chewing on a bitter and tough banana peel, I know I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
It doesn’t sound that appetizing to me.
But if you’re a person that hates wasting food, or you want to make the most out of the food that you have in your kitchen cupboards, then give it a try!
If you don’t fancy giving them a taste, then you could also use the banana peels to clean your wooden dining table of glass coffee table.
They’re actually great for cleaning varnished wood or glass surfaces.
Just rub the banana peel over the surface and then wipe it off with a cloth of kitchen roll.
Your surfaces will look as good as new and you’re not totally wasting a decent banana peel! It’s a great way of getting extra bang for your buck!
Now you know that every part of the banana is healthy and safe to eat!
So, the next time you’re eating a banana, don’t avoid eating those strings!
Just try to remember how much nutrients you’re wasting when you throw them in the bin!
Bananas are a very healthy food, and they can be used for so much. You can make ice cream, smoothes with them, you can even swap eggs with bananas in any baked goods recipe!
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