Did you know eating an overripe banana can
have powerful health benefits? In fact, eating bananas at varying degrees of ripeness can reap benefits tailored to specific health conditions.
In a publication by its School of Public Health, Harvard University wrote the banana could be considered the first “superfood” as it was endorsed as a health food for children and a treatment for celiac disease in the early 20th century. Bananas are a great source of vitamin B6, magnesium, fiber, potassium, vitamin C and manganese.
Eating bananas can help improve cardiovascular and digestive health, and promote weight control. Green bananas, which have a lower sugar content, can be beneficial to those with diabetes or other conditions effecting blood sugar metabolism. When a banana has turned brown or even black, it is said to have high levels of anti-oxidants which can help defend the body against free radicals and other cancer causing agents. Banana peels possess antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and have historically been used to treat minor burns and wounds. Banana peels can also be boiled to produce a tea which can treat minor digestive ailments.
So instead of throwing out that old banana, mix it into a smoothie, freeze it as a non-dairy alternative to ice cream, or bake a delicious banana bread. Your body will thank you.