Well, the first impression you get about this could be “yuck!” But then you don’t know the nutritional values you are losing out on by throwing the peels in the thrash can.

While a banana’s flesh is soft and sweet, the skin is thick, fibrous, and slightly bitter. To eat the peel, you can either blend it into smoothies or fry, bake, or boil them for at least 10 minutes. Heat breaks down the skin’s fiber and loosens up that tough texture, making the peel easier to chew and digest.

Some of the nutritional values you could get from your banana peels are: 2% of your daily fiber to aid digestion and likely lower your risk of diabetes, 17% of your vitamin C for your immune system as well as growth and development, 20% of your vitamin B-6, which aids the body’s ability to convert food into energies, 12% of your potassium for development of cells, tissues, and organs throughout the body and 8% of your magnesium for the body’s energy productions and regulating glucose and blood pressure levels.

So try not to thrash your next set of banana peels, let them  help you get healthier.