Zero waste cooking has been part of gastronomy for years. This only caught our attention recently, during the months of lockdown in 2020 and 2021. Today, we believe in making the best use of every food ingredient, making the most of its benefits. One of these versatile food ingredients is the banana. From its leaf to its flower, each part of the banana tree is used in cooking. But have you ever tried eating banana peels? You heard us. A new study has revealed that banana peels can now be included in our daily diet, in the most delicious way possible. The results were published in the journal ACS Food Science & Technology.
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How to eat banana peels:
Banana peels generally find their place in our garbage cans or serve as compost for gardening. But, a group of researchers recently discovered that these skins can now replace pork in “pulled pork” sandwiches. You can also fry the peels and turn them into vegan “bacons”.
That’s not all. You can grind the peel into flour and add it to sugar cookie dough to make the cookies even healthier. It was found that “cookies enriched with certain banana peel flours were more satisfying than those baked with wheat flour alone”.
To make banana peel flour, researchers peeled ripe, undamaged bananas, then blanched, dried and ground them into a fine powder. They then mixed the flour with butter, skimmed milk powder, powdered sugar, vegetable oil and wheat flour; and finally baked batches of sugar cookies.
Why include banana peels in the diet:
Scientists found that the peels, when ground into flour, became enriched with nutrients. Important nutrients included in banana peel flour are fiber, magnesium, potassium, antioxidants and more.
According to a report published on the official website of the American Chemical Society, researchers found that “increasing the amount of banana peel flour by 0-15% in batches produced browner, harder products, which could be the result of the increased fiber content”. In addition, cookies made from banana peel flour were healthier, containing less fat and protein, higher amounts of phenols, and better antioxidant activities than conventional cookies.
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About Somdatta SahaExplorer – that’s what Somdatta likes to call herself. Whether in terms of food, people or places, all she craves is to experience the unknown. Simple aglio olio or daal-chawal pasta and a good movie can make his day.