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By Mahalo Maui Organic Farm, Jul 1 2017 07:03PM

Here are 8 Healthy Uses for Banana Peels


1. Boost Your Mood

Depression affects everyone. It can come and go throughout the course of your lifetime. Sometimes depression is a little more serious and sometimes it’s just a feeling that shows up for an hour or two and then goes away. These minor dips in mood are common and are often the result of inadequate nutrients. When you’re feeling a little down, why not try eating banana peels?

Banana peels are high in mood-boosting serotonin—a neurotransmitter derived from tryptophan. Banana peels are a feel-good food, so eating banana peels is not so bad after all.


2. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Speaking of tryptophan, banana peels are high in this compound too. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that’s often prescribed in supplement form to treat sleep problems. Eating banana peels could help you get a good night’s sleep.


3. Protect Your Heart

Banana peel is actually richer in both soluble and insoluble fiber than the banana itself—another reason why eating banana peel is a good idea. Fiber has been shown in countless studies to aid in lowering cholesterol. When you keep your cholesterol levels low, you help to ward off complications from heart disease such as heart attacks and stroke. These banana peel nutrients are extremely beneficial.


4. Keep Slim

Banana peels are full of fiber and nutrients and not much else! They aren’t high in calories and can be an important food in helping to keep extra pounds from gathering at your waistline—while still allowing you to reap banana peel nutrients.


5. Boost Your Potassium Levels

Another one of the many banana peel nutrients is potassium. Potassium is needed to build muscle, break down carbohydrates, control the electrical activity of your heart, and to regulate the acid-base balance in your body.


6. Stave Off Cancer

Banana peels are exceptionally high in antioxidants. They also contain compounds that protect cells from the sort of mutations that lead to cancerous tumors—talk about a great reason to start eating banana peels.


7. Protect Your Vision

Banana peels are high in lutein. Lutein is a compound that helps to protect your night vision. It also plays a role in preventing cataracts and macular degeneration, important reasons to start eating banana peels.


8. Protect Your Red Blood Cells

Red blood cells deliver oxygen to your body tissues all day and all night. Banana peel nutrients include those that can help prevent your red blood cells from breaking down.


So if eating banana peels is a good thing, how do you do it? Raw, if you can, although many find them a little stringy and not nearly as tasty as the fleshy banana part. You can also boil banana peels to soften them first. In Asia, chefs cook banana peels and fruits together and serve them as a dessert. You can also add banana peels to the blender when making a smoothie or a juice.


One thing to remember: buy organic. Banana peels are directly exposed to pesticides when trees are sprayed. To avoid ingesting harmful toxins, get banana peels grown without the use of pesticides and insecticides.


While you may not love the taste of eating banana peels, you can find ways to incorpate the peel into your meals, to avoid the bitter taste. Some people steam banana peel and make it into a tea as well, to reap banana peel nutrients. It looks like this is definitely one healthy food to add to your diet.


Source...http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/banana-peel-nutrition-benefits/

By Mahalo Maui Organic Farm, Aug 17 2016 02:59AM

Mahalo Maui Organics is poised to launch it’s first few products, including it’s flagship product, organic dried bananas, organic dried pineapple (seasonal) and organic 100% Kona coffee.


Mahalo Maui Organics is a young company with big ambition for both producing the worlds tastiest organic Hawaiian dried fruit products, as well as contributing back to the community in ways other local entrepreneurs and farmers around the country can successfully replicate.


Mahalo Maui Organics is part of the growing “farm to table” trend that is sweeping America.  As it has for centuries, the lush Mahalo Maui Organic Farmland sits nestled at the base of the West Maui mountains..overlooking the famed “Mt. Haleakala” to the west, and surrounded by thousands of acres of virgin forrest land. 


It’s new owners, honored to have become the humble “caretakers” of this sacred land, plan to continue many ancient Hawaiian cultural and farming philosophies, and take seriously their responsibility to honor the “aina” (land), just as those before them have done. In addition to a working farm, storefront, a processing facility and film-ready commercial kitchen, the Mahalo Maui Organic Farm will also serve as an “eco-tourism” destination...featuring unique stream-side Treehouse and Hawaiian Hut vacation residences and a special events venue.


Our products are a pure organic dried fruit snack that is loved by kids and adults alike.


All Mahalo Maui dried fruit products are 100% natural with zero added ingredients. *No sulfites! Round two product launches will include Hawaiian chocolate-dipped dried fruits, Mahalo Maui mountain spring water in a box (from the fresh mountain water springs and streams running through Mahalo Maui farm), other dried fruit products such as organic dried mango and a line of roasted macadamia nuts which also grow on the Mahalo Maui land.


Pipeline products include dried coconut “jerky” as well as other Hawaiian dried organic deliciousness such as jackfruit, noni fruit, pitaya (dragon fruit) and rambutan. There’s also a planned line of organic tee’s, sportswear and clothing accessories. Organic spices will eventually round out the product line.


While ramping up for large production capability on their own land, Mahalo Maui will happily and proudly employ many local and neighboring farmers and other community members to help fulfill their production needs.


A portion of the proceeds of all sales will benefit the “Mahalo Maui Project” a program of Mahalo Maui Organics, who’s sole mission is to grow, harvest and distribute free organic produce to those “at risk” citizens in their community whom need it most. A portion of their land will serve as a pilot program.


*Any sulfite-containing compound, especially one that is used in foods or drug products as a preservative and that can cause severe allergic reactions in susceptible individuals.




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