Banana Peels Found to Have Nutritional Benefits

December 21, 2015

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. regularize / ˈrɛg yə ləˌraɪz / (v.) – to make something happen normally
Example: Drinking lots of water can help regularize digestion.

2. attest / əˈtɛst / (v.) – to confirm a certain position or belief
Example: Some athletes attest to the benefits of eating raw eggs.

3. option / ˈɒp ʃən / (n.) – one of several things that you can choose from
Example: Frozen bananas can be another option for dessert.

4. aid / eɪd / (v.) – to help
Example: Bananas can aid in lessening cramps.

5. better off / ˈbɛt ərˈɔf / (adj.) – being more favorable
Example: Doctors say that she is better off just eating fruits and vegetables.


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Study reveals that there are nutritional benefits in banana peels.

Aside from the fruit itself, researchers say that the skin of bananas can also be eaten. The study reveals that banana peels are mixed in dishes to add flavor and nutrition in places like India and the Caribbean.

A nutritionist also said that banana peels are proven to have benefits for the body since the extra fiber in them can help regularize bowel movement. Furthermore, banana peels contain no calories, thus making it a good food option for people who are on a diet.

Other nutritionists also attest to the nutritional content of banana peels, saying that they contain Vitamins A, B, B6, and B12. Vitamin A helps in strengthening bones, teeth, and soft tissue. On the other hand, Vitamin B6 keeps blood sugar levels regulated and is also a mood booster while Vitamin B promotes the presence of antioxidants, which can fuel metabolism and aids in weight loss.

The immune system, heart, and brain are also kept healthy through this vitamin. Finally, Vitamin B12 aids the brain and the nervous system.

However, Doctor Rosalind Miller from the British Nutrition Foundation says that there is no scientific evidence that supports the idea that banana peels aid in weight loss. She explains that while some fruits and vegetables that are eaten with their skin have many nutrients, there is no specific evidence found in bananas. She also adds that the peels are better off in the trash can.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         If banana peels were proven to be good for your health, would you start eating them? Why or why not?
·         What other information would convince you of the benefits of banana peels?

Discussion B

·         What other fruit or vegetable skins do you wish were useful? Why?
·         What are some disposable things that you commonly reuse? Why?

December 21, 2015