How many times have you eaten a banana and thrown its peel in the dump? Well, are you aware that we have all been flinging away a very nutritious ingredient? You heard that right. What you always thought to be a mere waste is very beneficial for your body. This was discovered when a few scientists encountered The Atheist’s Nightmare and took away the fact that a banana has its own biodegradable wrapper. Interesting, right?
The Nutritious Banana Peel
Since childhood, we have been throwing away a big part of a banana that is actually filled with antioxidants, nutrients, dietary fiber, potassium, essential amino acids, and polyunsaturated fats. Adding this little ingredient to some of your recipes can make a huge difference and encourage people to reduce waste and move towards a healthier and better life. However, eating this wrapper might not be the most delicious idea. It can feel a bit tough to bite and a lot fibrous, but what if you can add it to one of your all-time favorites without knowing that a peel was added as a raw ingredient?
Banana Peel Cookies Experiment
During an experiment done by the American Chemical Society’s Food Science & Technology, they dried and prepared a banana peel powder and added it in different quantities, and made cookies with it. As a result, they found out that cookies with the highest amount of peel powder were harder and were of darker color. However, the batter in which they added 7.5% peel powder and 92.5% wheat was a big success. An entire tasting panel came to the conclusion that this proportion was the best to make delicious cookies. Additionally, not only do these cookies taste amazing, but they also have the same shelf life as the ones without the peel powder.