Banana Tea

ARE THERE BENEFITS?

Written By: Meg Edited By: Kristin Gillespie, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

We all know bananas are healthy, thanks to their high potassium content and nutritional value. But do you know you can infuse bananas into tea? While this sound bizarre, let's learn more...

BANANA TEA 

Banana tea is pretty much what it sounds like - boiled banana in hot water, strained and served. If you make it with the peel then it is called banana peel tea.

WHY ARE PEOPLE

DRINKING BANANA TEA?

Although promoting restful sleep is the primary reason why people drink this beverage. We will take a look at other reasons and see if the science supports them.

Theory: it has antioxidants

Yes, bananas contain antioxidants that are good for you. But,antioxidants are vulnerable in hot water, so banana tea is likely less effective than eating the fruit.

Theory:  it helps with constipation

Adding banana tea to your routine might promote good gut health because potassium and water helps ease bloating and constipation 

 Theory: it helps with sleep

While many claim this tea helps improve sleep patterns (because it has magnesium, potassium, and tryptophan), no studies quantify how much of these nutrients stay after boiling.

Theory: promotes a healthy heart

The magnesium and potassium content of bananas is linked to improved blood pressure and reduced chronic heart conditions. Banana tea may provide similar benefits.

While banana tea is easy to make, it is unclear how much nutritional value is retained in the process. There have been very few studies on the benefits of drinking this tea. Nevertheless, it is still worth trying as a way to flavor your water.

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