The amazing benefits of banana stems

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 18, 2015

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Quick Bites

  • Banana is a healthy fruit, but the stem is usually considered inedible.
  • Banana stem is rich in nutrition and minerals.
  • Try adding banana stem to your soups and salads.
  • Avoid stems that are too tender.

Most people enjoy eating bananas and usually include it in their daily diet, but very few have ever considered eating banana stem. Banana stem may appear useless as compared with the fruit and is usually thrown away once the fruit is cut from the plant, but it has a lot of nutrition and health benefits to offer. Here are some good reasons why banana stem must be part and parcel of your diet at least on occasions.

Benefits of banana stem

Lose weight with banana stem

Banana stem is rich in fibre and it can help the body feel fuller sooner and for longer. The intake of unhealthy and calorie-dense food is replaced by healthy banana stem, so eventually you start losing weight. You can take banana stem in the form of juice or boiled extracts.



Banana stem is also rich in potassium and vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps in the production of haemoglobin and insulin, improving ability of the body to fight infection. Potassium promotes effective functioning of cardiac muscles, prevents high blood pressure, helps nerve impulses and maintains fluid balance within the body.


Detox naturally with banana stem

Banana stem is a natural diuretic and helps detoxify the body. It is also considered a natural remedy for supporting treatment of kidney stones. Adding banana stem can help you stay healthy and keep your kidneys up and running.

It can be taken as a laxative for constipation. Again, the rich fibre content prevents constipation and also cools the body. So overall, the banana stem does wonders to our body.

It is clear that banana stems are a healthy option for you. So, do not shy away from eating them more. Eat banana stems in salads or soups or eat it boiled to get all the health benefits.

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  • Rekha23 Sep 2015

    I've never tried banana stems in my whole life.

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