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Can I eat banana peels?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 03, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Are they healthy?

Are organic bananas better than non-organic? Especially if the peel is edible?

Do the peels have lots of pesticides on them?

What else could I use the peels for, if not eaten?

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Monkey see, monkey do - or human see monkey, human do??!!

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on November 04, 2011
at 09:25 PM

Most primates eat the peel.

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on November 04, 2011
at 09:05 PM

Edible as in people in other cultures commonly eat them. http://www.reference.com/browse/banana+peel

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on November 04, 2011
at 09:04 PM

If by "good" you mean tasty, I can't answer that since I haven't ever eaten one, nor do I plan to. However, they are edible and have nutritional value. I'm not sure what you mean by "evidence". What is the "evidence" apple peels are edible? People eat them and don't suffer ill effect. The evidence for banana peels are the same. People in other cultures eat them without any apparent ill effects. Here's an encyclopedia article if that will help you out: http://www.reference.com/browse/banana+peel

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on November 04, 2011
at 05:35 PM

"Edible" as in (i) you won't die if you eat one or "edible" as in (ii) they have nutritional value AND don't cause damage to internal organs even after repeated ingestion? I'm confident someone has eaten a banana peel and lived to tell the tale but think you would have to provide some evidence if, by edible, you mean good to eat

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on November 04, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Edible as in you won't die if you eat one or edible as in they have nutritional value AND don't cause damage to internal organs even after repeated ingestion. I'm confident someone has eaten a banana peel and lived to tell the tale but think you would have to provide some evidence if, by edible, you mean good to eat.

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on November 04, 2011
at 04:38 PM

You could always try smoking them, there was a rumor about that being a thrill, when I was a teenager. HAHA

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on November 04, 2011
at 01:22 AM

I am, I am, which cultures eat them?

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on November 04, 2011
at 12:31 AM

Curious as to which cultures eat banana peel?

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on November 03, 2011
at 11:19 PM

I've seen chimps and gorillas eat the peels in zoos. I don't know if some of our more distant cousins, the monkeys, eat them.

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on November 03, 2011
at 11:07 PM

Sorry, but my first thought was, "Why would you want to?" I guess I should stifle my inappropriate sense of humor and take a bite. Kewpie set me straight below and if you like them, go for it. I agree you should stick with organics and scrub them good though.

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13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on November 03, 2011
at 11:04 PM

Yes they are edible, and yes they are healthy. I would opt for organic if you want to eat them to avoid the pesticides.

If you don't want to eat them you can compost them.

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on November 04, 2011
at 05:35 PM

"Edible" as in (i) you won't die if you eat one or "edible" as in (ii) they have nutritional value AND don't cause damage to internal organs even after repeated ingestion? I'm confident someone has eaten a banana peel and lived to tell the tale but think you would have to provide some evidence if, by edible, you mean good to eat

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on November 04, 2011
at 09:05 PM

Edible as in people in other cultures commonly eat them. http://www.reference.com/browse/banana+peel

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on November 04, 2011
at 09:04 PM

If by "good" you mean tasty, I can't answer that since I haven't ever eaten one, nor do I plan to. However, they are edible and have nutritional value. I'm not sure what you mean by "evidence". What is the "evidence" apple peels are edible? People eat them and don't suffer ill effect. The evidence for banana peels are the same. People in other cultures eat them without any apparent ill effects. Here's an encyclopedia article if that will help you out: http://www.reference.com/browse/banana+peel

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on November 04, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Edible as in you won't die if you eat one or edible as in they have nutritional value AND don't cause damage to internal organs even after repeated ingestion. I'm confident someone has eaten a banana peel and lived to tell the tale but think you would have to provide some evidence if, by edible, you mean good to eat.

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on November 04, 2011
at 12:40 AM

Never ever ever eat non-organic banana peel! The pesticide used on bananas is incredibly intense and causes prostate cancer.

Some argue that even the banana itself sometimes still contains some of the pesticide. Go organic.

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on November 03, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Hellfire, I sure wouldn't. Even monkeys peel them, don't they?

If you eat one, please video it and post a link to it here. :)

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on November 03, 2011
at 11:19 PM

I've seen chimps and gorillas eat the peels in zoos. I don't know if some of our more distant cousins, the monkeys, eat them.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on November 04, 2011
at 09:25 PM

Most primates eat the peel.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Monkey see, monkey do - or human see monkey, human do??!!

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on November 04, 2011
at 01:48 AM

Doesn't sound so yummy. You can use them to trip people. Some fruit skin works great as face mask though

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on November 03, 2011
at 11:33 PM

I remember the someone asking Robb Wolf this question in a pod cast a while back, if memory serves (and I believe it does) is the solution was that they have toxic levels of something in them... but I wish I could be more exact.

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on November 04, 2011
at 04:32 AM

I'm all for trying to eat the "garbage" parts of food (carrot and cauliflower greens, kale stems..) but I think banana peels are just too much/not worth it.

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on November 04, 2011
at 12:38 AM

It's very difficult to eat banana peels. The one time I did it, it gave me gas. I did it because I read that they are high in norepinephrine. Didn't do much for me.

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