Every year, the world consumes more than 100 billion bananas. Be it a breakfast banana, post-workout banana or a before bed banana, us humans just can't get enough of the potassium-filled fruit.
Yet, despite the enormous quantities of bananas that we eat on a daily basis, there is very little known about the benefits of a banana's skin - you know, that bit you discard without a thought every time you bite into a banana.
Given how many banana skins are thrown away each day, you'd think that there would be more information on how to utilize them - other than using them as a booby trap to slip up your enemy.
For example, banana skins have a variety of uses, many of which you have probably never considered. Here are 10 of the best ways in which you can use your trash to turn your life around...
1. They reduce acne
Banana peels contain vitamin C and vitamin E, as well as potassium, zinc, and iron - ingredients which, when combined, make a great cocktail for your skin.
These nutrients help to calm the skin and reduce acne outbreaks, meaning that there is no need to invest a small fortune in expensive skincare products!
2. They can remove splinters
A banana peel can serve as a great poultice for the skin, helping to draw foreign objects out of the body which have become embedded, such as splinters.
All you need to do is leave a banana skin on the affected area for 15 minutes, when you lift it away the offending object should be visible above the surface of the skin and easy to pluck out with tweezers!
3. They can whiten your teeth
Teeth whitening is a big business these days. However, it isn't necessary to funnel your funds into pricey treatments, which can ultimately damage your teeth's enamel.
The best way to achieve a pearly white smile, without spending a penny? Banana skins, of course.
As we have already established, banana skins are high in potassium, which can help reduce yellow stains. If used daily, a banana skin can truly transform your smile!
4. They reduce the appearance of scars
Banana skins also possess healing qualities as a result of the fatty acids, potassium, and antioxidants it boasts. Thus, when rubbed on swollen, red, irritated skin, it's likely that you'll see scars diminish.
In fact, the fatty acids found in banana skins are often used in high-end cosmetics aimed at reducing scars.
5. They can help treat a migraine
There are few things worse than a migraine. Sometimes, it doesn't matter how many painkillers you've taken, there is just no shaking the throbbing sensation in your head.
However, when all other avenues have been exhausted, it may be worth trying a banana skin.
Applying a banana skin to the forehead has been proven to help reduce the effects of a migraine thanks to the potassium that hides within the peel.
6. They reduce wrinkles
Antioxidants and vitamin C is the perfect combination for helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And guess what? A banana peel possesses an abundance of both.
7. It can help tenderize your meat
We all know that the perfect way to ripen your fruit, or an avocado, is to place them next to a banana. But what happens when you place meat with a banana?
If you want to keep your steak moist and tender then simply add some ripe banana peel to your roasting pan. The banana peel stops the moisture from vaporizing, helping to keep your meet succulent and juicy.
8. They can polish silver
Now this one won't be for everyone. But, a banana skin can work wonders on your silverware.
The potassium will help to polish up your silver a treat - what a buff trick!
9. They are great for composting
Adding a banana peel to your compost pile will help introduce more calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphates, and sodium to your compost heap - all of which are, of course, vital to the healthy growth of your plants!
10. They can relieve itchy skin
By now you already know that banana skins are highly undervalued. A prime example of how they are neglected is the fact that they're perfect for soothing irritated, itchy skin.
Next time you have a mosquito bite, give a banana skin a go and you'll see what I mean!
Are you surprised that something you throw away daily has so many benefits? Probably not. But why not adopt some of these remedies in the future and save yourself some money in the process?