- New research has shown that banana peels can be ground into powder and used to increase the nutritional content and shelf life for sugar cookies.
- Experts claim that banana peels are rich in powerful antioxidants as well as important vitamins.
- They also say that while peels are nutritious, they don’t replace any food groups but could be part of a balanced diet.
A once inedible item is being made more palatable. delicious meals. Researchers have discovered that banana peels, which we usually compost or throw away, can be made into nutritious flour.
A new study finds that using the right amount of banana peel flour in sugar cookie batter creates a more nutritious cookie that’s still tasty.
“The main objective of this study was to convert raw banana peel into a valuable product because it is rich in dietary fiber and antioxidants, which are very beneficial for health,” study author Faizan AhmadHealthline was told by Aligarh Muslim University assistant professor.
The researchers started by blanching the banana skins. Next, they dried them and ground them into fine powder.
They combined different amounts of this banana peel flour, butter, skimmed dairy powder, powdered sweetener, vegetable oil, and wheat flour to make five batches of sugar cookies and baked them.
Ahmad and his colleagues discovered that substituting 15% of wheat flour for banana peel flour resulted in browner, harder cookies. This may be due to the increased fiber found in banana peel flour.
Researchers found that cookies made with banana peel flour had higher levels of antioxidants than those made with wheat flour. They also contained less fat and protein.
Ahmad stressed that the use of banana peel in food product formulations could improve nutritional quality and help prevent many diseases such as constipation, colon cancers, diabetes, and other diseases.
“It can also help in reducing blood sugar levels and cholesterol,” he added.
A trained panel discovered that the cookies containing less banana peel powder (only 7.5%) had the best texture, and the highest overall acceptability of the four other batches.
The batch was also well preserved and tasted the same even after being stored at room temperatures for three months.
“Therefore incorporation of banana peel in the formulation of cookies can be used as a good alternative in order to enhance their nutritive value and shelf life,” Ahmad noted.
“According to our research, utilization of bananas can be a good alternative in the formulation of bakery products since they are consumed on a large scale,” said Ahmad.
He pointed out that cookies supplemented with banana peel have improved “functional and nutritional properties” and enhanced shelf life because banana peel is rich in antioxidants and phenols.
“Polyphenols are strong antioxidants which have been researched and shown to improve blood flow and circulation within your body, which can assist in reducing your blood pressure and improve your heart health,” said Amargo Couture, a registered dietician at Staten Island University Hospital.
Emily FeivorLong Island Jewish Forest Hills, Queens’ registered dietician, stated that many chefs and cultures in non-westernized nations leave the banana peel on their food.
Feivor stated that peels are a good source for fiber and have a similar texture to protein. There are many recipes on the internet that use them.
“Recipes as simple as boiled, sprinkled with cinnamon and eaten with a spoon to a more complex preparation of caramelization to be used as an ice cream topping,” she said.
“For those looking for ways to reduce food waste, this may be an option,” said Feivor. “
She also stated that banana peel might be a challenge for those who want to try new ingredients and get creative ideas.
“Especially if you’re gluten-free and would like to increase fiber in gluten-free baking,” said Feivor.
However, she cautioned that although peels provide additional fiber and vitamins/minerals when used as an ingredient, they don’t take the place of any food group but may be used as part of a balanced diet.
Feivor recommends thoroughly washing and scrubbing banana peels to remove all dirt, bacteria, pesticides or contaminants.
Feivor also stated that peels are another interesting way of adding healthful variety to our diets.
“If you’re looking to include a new texture and taste in your cooking, then try a recipe with a banana peel as an ingredient,” she said. “The benefits may help your body in disease prevention.”
New research shows that banana peels can now be ground and used to increase the nutritional content and shelf life of sugar cookies.
Experts claim that banana peels are rich in powerful antioxidants as well as important vitamins.
They also say that while peels are nutritious, they don’t replace any food groups but could be part of a balanced diet.
Source: Health Line