Eating banana peel: Yes or No? (All info)
When snacking between meals Can you eat banana peels?
Have you ever asked yourself whether you can eat bananas with their peel?? This is what we clarify in this article.
Eating banana peel: Is it healthy?
Admittedly, the idea seems a bit absurd if you've only eaten the banana flesh so far. But the banana peel is actually edible. Not only that, it is also rich in fiber, essential amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids and potassium. (1) So in a perfect world we would never need to peel our bananas again… if it weren't for these pesticides.
Does the banana peel contain pesticides??
Unripe bananas in particular are susceptible to caterpillars and fungal diseases, which is why they are protected from infestation in conventional agriculture with various plant protection products: Pesticides, fungicides, anti-mold agents, etc. The Bavarian Consumer Center warns that in tests, residues of pesticides are repeatedly found in and on the peels of conventionally grown bananas. This is confirmed by samples taken by oko-Test and the Ministry for the Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The Pesticide Report NRW 2019, for example, shows that pesticide residues were detected in 28 of a total of 42 banana samples, and in one case even in organic bananas. Also in a recent review of 26 banana samples from organic farming by the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection. Food safety (LAVES), residues of active substances were found in 5 samples. However, LAVES points out that these could theoretically be extraneous transmissions from transport and storage.
Nevertheless, in none of the tests were the maximum EU values for pesticide content in foodstuffs exceeded. Here's what the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) wrote: "Based on 2018 data, EFSA concluded that, based on current scientific evidence, acute and chronic dietary exposure to pesticide residues is unlikely to pose a health concern to consumers." (Source) So even if you were to eat the shell along with it, this should not have any negative impact on your health, according to authorities.
BUT: In the above mentioned studies, multiple residues of pesticides were found in many banana samples. According to the consumer advice center, the interactions of different remedies are still largely unexplored. So even if individual agents do not exceed the maximum level, it is unclear how they affect the human organism in their entirety.
If you want to be on the safe side, don't eat the peel of conventionally grown bananas. Even though organic bananas performed comparatively well in the tests, some fruits were also found to contain residues of pesticides. However, if you plan to eat the peel along resp. to prepare a dish from them, then always go for organic bananas. By the way, there are few or no pesticides found in banana flesh, regardless of the growing conditions, according to the Consumer Center.