BANANA PEEL AS AN ALTERNATIVE FOR TOOTHPASTE

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BANANA PEEL AS AN ALTERNATIVE FOR TOOTHPASTE

---INTRODUCTION---

Banana is very much common in the Philippines. It is one of the oldest cultivated plants and is grown in at least 107 countries, primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser extent to make fiber, banana wine and as ornamental plants. Musa acuminata or Musa balbisiana or commonly known as Banana has an impressive potassium content and is highly recommended by doctors for patients whose potassium is low. vitamin B6, soluble fiber, and moderate amounts of vitamin C and manganese are also abundant in Banana. Putting all of the nutritional figures together, it clearly shows that banana is one of the healthiest fruits. There is a protective outer layer (a peel or skin) with numerous long, thin strings, known as the phloem bundles, which run lengthwise between the skin and the edible inner portion. They are strings that go up and down the length of bananas and enable to help distribute nutrients to every part of the growing bananas. Toothpaste is a paste or gel dentifrice used with a toothbrush as an accessory to clean and maintain the aesthetics and health of teeth. Toothpaste is used to promote oral hygiene: it serves as an abrasive that aids in removing the dental plaque and food from the teeth, assists in suppressing halitosis, and delivers active ingredients such as fluoride or xylitol to help prevent tooth and gum disease (gingivitis).

-- STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM --

The problem that connects in this project is “What will be the effect if the skin of the banana will be used as an alternative for toothpaste.” The answer or hypothesis in the said problem is “if the skin of the banana will be used in making a new kind of toothpaste then, it would enable to help whiten the teeth, the product to be made would be cheap and it will be acceptable by the consumer”. With this study, the primary objective of this project is to enhance the knowledge, resourcefulness and patience of the researcher.

---REVIEW ON RELATED LITERATURE---

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 / 03:52:34
By: Jennifer Dugena
Better think twice before you throw away that left over banana peel. Nature is so ingenious that it has managed to make anything and everything it creates entirely useful even if you think it isn't.

Bananas, besides being high in potassium, B vitamins and iron, also possess the ability to prevent high blood pressure as well as help improve mood and hemoglobin function.

The unbelievable part is that banana peels are just as useful. The skin of bananas is filled with potassium, minerals, vitamin B6, magnesium, riboflavin, vitamin C, niacin and vitamin A. Banana peels also possess - albeit in small amounts - selenium, copper, iron, thiamine, zinc and vitamins K, E and A.

Essentially, banana peels are just as good as the fruit it covers. It is so good that it could be used to actually whiten your teeth!

Throw away all those expensive teeth whitening products and get that banana peel from the trash bin. It is time for an inexpensive and extremely effective way to whiten and make your pearly whites real pearly whites. Relax, there is no ritual or spell which needs to be done to make all this possible.

First, all you have to do is brush your teeth like you'd normally do. Then, rinse your mouth with warm water. Do note that you can even brush your teeth using the banana peel instead of your regular toothpaste.

It is highly suggested though that ripe banana be used as it contains the most potassium. After which, try to peel the fruit from the bottom end part - the way monkeys do. Not that it is connected with making your teeth whiter, it would just help avoid having loose banana threads.

Second step is to take a part of the banana peel's inside and rub it gently around on the teeth for at least two minutes. The vitamin D, potassium and calcium inherent in the banana skin are absorbed in the teeth causing it to whiten.

Repeat this process two times a...
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