The miracle in banana fibers... Why shouldn't we waste them?

Many of us, when peeling bananas, scrape off and discard these strange fiber-like parts that emerge, but there are several compelling reasons to enjoy them. Known as phloem bundles, these fibrous pieces are edible and surprisingly nutritious.

Publication: 24.01.2024 - 12:12
The miracle in banana fibers... Why shouldn't we waste them?
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Despite being a slightly radioactive food, the benefits of bananas are numerous. According to experts, a medium-sized banana contains just under 100 calories, as well as fiber, potassium, B6, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, and various antioxidants.

Phloem bundles are no different.

Phloem is essentially a plant's internal plumbing and serves as tubes to pump sugar and other nutrients produced from photosynthesis. These tubes need to be especially robust to perform this important function, so they are made up of more complex types of fiber compared to the rest of the banana.

Though phloem bundles may not be very tasty, they are not unpleasant in flavor. They play a significant role in the ripening of bananas. They also contain many vitamins. What we throw away is not just the threads that help the banana grow but are sources of health.

Nicholas D. Gillitt, Chief Science Officer at BerkleyRD, stated in an interview with Huffington Post in January 2023:

"We haven't specifically tested phloem bundles, but there is likely to be a difference in their nutritional values. Given that they are designed for a specific job and likely have a defined structure to support this job, they are expected to have a different compound profile than the normal edible banana flesh."

It's not just humans who dislike these strips in bananas. Viral videos show many monkeys also peeling the fibers off while peeling a banana.

However, it's worth noting that bananas are essentially a cultivated and domesticated plant, so wild monkeys wouldn't encounter bananas unless they are around human settlements.


Banana peel is generally considered inedible, especially in Western countries. However, in some cultures, banana peel is used in preparing various dishes. Some studies indicate that banana peel is edible and has health benefits.

Here are some useful facts about banana peel:

Nutritional Value: Banana peel contains some nutrients such as fiber, potassium, and B vitamins. It also contains polyphenols and tryptophan with antioxidant properties.

Edibility: Banana peel is edible but is usually tough and bitter. However, it can be used in some recipes, especially when cooked or blended.

Ways to Consume: Some ways to use banana peel include adding it to smoothies, making jam, or even frying or boiling it in some cultures.

Health Benefits: The fiber content in the banana peel can support digestive health. Additionally, some compounds in it may have benefits for skin health.

It's important to wash banana peels and preferably use organic bananas, as agricultural chemicals and pesticides can accumulate in the peel. Also, some people may not find the texture or taste of banana peel appealing.


Before consuming banana peels, especially if you have any health issues or concerns about using peels as food, consulting a health professional is recommended.

Since banana peel may not be well tolerated by everyone and can cause allergic reactions or digestive problems in some people.

The best way to include banana peel in your diet is to try it cooked or blended with other foods.

The idea of chewing the peels might not be very appetizing, but soaking banana peels in water for a few days is a good way to avoid waste. This allows some nutrients to leach into the water, making it an excellent food for indoor plants.


Banana is a nutritious fruit with many health benefits. Here are some key benefits of bananas:

Energy Source: Bananas contain natural sugars (fructose, glucose, and sucrose) and fiber. This helps provide quick energy and boost energy levels.

Potassium Content: Bananas are known for their high potassium content. Potassium supports heart health and helps regulate blood pressure.

Digestive Health: Being rich in fiber, bananas help regulate bowel movements, aiding the digestive system and reducing constipation problems.

Stress Reduction: Bananas contain tryptophan, known as a natural mood enhancer. Also, B6 vitamin can improve brain functions, helping reduce stress and anxiety.

Heart Health: With their fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and B6 content, bananas are also beneficial for heart health.

Stomach Health: Bananas have a natural anti-acid effect that protects the stomach lining and can alleviate the effects of conditions like acid reflux or stomach ulcers.

Diabetes Management: Moderately consumed bananas, having a low to medium glycemic index, can help balance blood sugar. However, diabetics should be mindful of the amount they consume.

Weight Management: Being rich in fiber, bananas provide a feeling of fullness, which can aid in weight management. Also, eating bananas during and after exercise can prevent muscle cramps and fatigue and speed up post-exercise recovery.

Skin Health: Bananas contain nutrients beneficial for skin health, like vitamin C and manganese. Applying mashed banana to the skin can improve skin health and offer protective effects against skin problems.


Alongside these benefits, excessive consumption of bananas, especially for individuals with kidney problems, should be approached with caution, due to their high potassium content.

When adding any food to your diet or if you have concerns related to existing health conditions, consulting a health professional is always best.

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