WHEN I told Sunday Papa Danson last week that banana peel has caught my attention as a nutritional or food supplement, he screamed:
“Are we now animals?” Papa is an always funny young man who makes light of anything, including the serious. Asking a young man like him to eat banana peel, so soon after introducing orange peel to his dining table (21 January 2016 column), isn’t a playful matter at all. “Aren’t we supposed to be higher animals?,” I asked him, as a way of playing back the joke like a table tennis Ping-Pong game, but clear in my heart that we human beings aren’t higher animals. Charles Darwin made many people think so with his theory of evolution. Many people have interpreted or misinterpreted this theory to mean that from single-celled plants, complex life forms such as the human cell form emerged over millions of years after intricate adaptation to the environment. Today in some spiritual circles, it is even thought that the evolutionary process involves many earthly incarnations in which plants become animals and animals become human b beings. By this thinking, humans will one day become gods. In serious spiritual circles, however, it is known that each plant or animal specie as a creation ide, does not abandon its primordial family or specie and evolve into another creative idea in creation. Thus goat can never become dog nor can mosquitoes become lion. What actually happens is that each specie evolves to the highest point possible for it development and then becomes extinct on earth after this achievement or turns its cloak, covering or body to another specie of a higher origin which can further develop that body or covering to the ceiling of its own capacity. The dinosaur disappeared because there was no inheritor of its cloak. The human spirit, set for its sojourn on earth, inherited the body of the most developed animal at that time which was to vacate the earth.
Thus, the human spirit from the spiritual world, a world far, far above the animistic world from which the souls of animals come, made that inherited body not only to be able to stand erect and walk on two feet instead of fours, but to also develop the vocal cord and speak, and the brain so that, today, it builds houses, even skyscrapers better than any animal can, makes and fly saeroplanes and made the computer among other things. But we cannot write off Charles Darwin. Our bodies are derived from the animal kingdom and has gone through an evolutionary process which has made our children look and think better than we do, as we also belooned beyond our parents, and they beyond their.
Is Papa Danson listening? Primates eat banana and the peel. So do Asians, who cook or eat it raw. In Babanki Village in the Cameroun, the peel is roasted to fine powder in earthen wave pots and added to foods such as pap to treat peptic or duodenal ulcer. This is not surprising, given the wide range of nutritional factors found in banana peel. Foremost among this is potassium, which may help to resolve primary hypertension, that is elevated blood pressure which may develop when there is not enough of potassium in the bloodstream. Another important constituent of banana peel is tryptophan, a chemical substance which improves the level of Serotonin in the body especially in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is a brain chemical. Insufficiency of it may cause insomnia or depression or most swings, irritability and agitation. Two banana skins eaten every day for three days is reported by researcher herd to increase Serotonin levels in the blood by about 16 percent.
Owen Bond reports in lifestrong that “banana skin contains Lutein, a powerful antioxidant that protects the eyes from free radicals and harmful frequencies of UV radiation from the sun. Lutein has been proven to reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, as cited in BIOCHEMICAL, PHYSIOLOGICAL and MOLECULAR ASPECTS of HUMAN NUTRITION”
Owen Bond adds that Asians parboil banana peel, juice it and add the puree to other juices, eat it raw or fry it.
“In addition to eating banana peel,” he says, “they can be used to rub on your skin to stop inching, reduce inflammation, remove warts, smooth out wrinkles, get rid of this, control psoriasis, and improves skin tone and texture.”
Even in the United State, efforts are being made to sell banana peel as a food form in the bid to cut food wastages says Samantha Oison 2035. One of the leaders of the efforts is the Educational Outreach and Environmental Advocacy Group Sustainable America. healthyliving says that this organization “created an all-encompassing infographic to help banana lovers and newbies everywhere reap the many benefits and their peels have in store for us.”
Their target is to cut the current 40 percent food wastage in America to 20 percent by 2035. For every one who would like to try banana peel, starcraze is a good guide it says: “The flesh of the banana is rich in many nutrients and carbohydrates. It is high in Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, magnesium and potassium. The sugar content is the highest when the banana peel turns black… Role the banana peel every day on your teeth for about a minute. This actually results in teeth whitening which can cause a lot of money otherwise.
The banana peel helps in removing warts and eliminate the occurrence of new ones for this, simply rub the peel on the affected area or tie the peel overnight on it this is one of the simplest ways to use banana peel on the skin.
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Just massage banana peels on your face and body for five minute every day to cure pimples. The result should be visible within a week. Keep applying the skin until the acre disappears.
The banana peel helps to keep your skin hydrated. Add an egg yolk to marshed banana peel. Apply this mixture on your face for five minutes. Wash up after five minutes.
Apply the banana skin on the painful area. Leave it for 30 minutes till the pain is gone. A mixture vegetable oil and banana peel also helps in pain relief.
Apply the peel on the psoriasis affected are. The banana peel has moisturizing properties and also reduces itchiness. It will quickly heal psoriasis and you can see reasonable results within no time.
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Apply the peel on the mosquitoes bite to get instant relief from itching and pain.
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Role the banana peel on shoes and silver articles to make them shine instantly.
Banana peel helps in protecting the eyes from the harmful UV rays. Make sure you leave the peel under the sun before rubbing the banana peel on your eyes. It is also proven to reduce the risks of cataract?
We learn a little more from businessinsider, which says: “people around the world are eating banana peels because they know something that Westerners do not. That’s right, we can eat banana peels. And not only are they edible, they are also good for you. If you live in the US, you are probably used to tossing banana peels in the trash. But people in other countries, including India, have been taking advantage of their nutritional benefits for decades. While banana flesh is soft and sweet, the skin is thick, fibrous, bitter. To eat the peel, you can either blend it into smoothies or fry, bake, or boil them for at least 10 minute. Heat brakes down the skins fiber and loosens up that tough texture, making the peel easier to chew and digest. Also, the riper you allow the banana to get, the thinner and sweeter the peel becomes. That’s because of a natural plant hormone called ethylene that fruits release as they ripen. Ethylene interacts with the sugars and fiber in the banana skin, changing complex sugars into simple sugars and breaking down pectin, a form of fiber in banana that keeps them stiff. “The sweet flesh of a medium sized banana contains significant percentages of your Daily Recommended Intake of various nutrients such as
“ONE, 12% of your daily fiber, which helps with digestion and may help lower your risk of diabetes
“TWO, 17% OF YOUR Vitamin C, which is important for your immune system as well as growth and development.
“THREE, 20% of Vitamin B6 which aids the body’s ability to convert food into energy
“FOUR, 12% of your potassium, which helps in development of cells’, Tissues and organs throughout the body.
“FIVE, 8% of Magnesium, which is important for the body’s energy production and regulating glucose and blood pressure level”
Potassium is important for people who would like to avoid or combat abnormal growths such as uterine fibroids. Dr. Max Gerson of Germany resolved his terrible migraines with a potassium extract from fruits and vegetables, and went on to prescribe it for skin troubles such as tuberculosis of the skin, and then various cancers considered hopeless by his colleagues. He believed that tumours occur because the affected tissues or organs do not have enough potassium in them, leading to the infiltration of sodium. In this condition, the cell adapts itself from an oxidative (oxygen using) lifestyle to a fermentative one in which oxygen is not required.
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