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Tuesday June 18, 2024

Should you eat fruit skins for better health?

Our grandparents always claimed that the skin of fruit had good nutrients such as fibre, vitamins and minerals

By Web Desk
May 10, 2024
Representational image of a peeled banana. — Unsplash
Representational image of a peeled banana. — Unsplash

If you are health-conscious, should you eat peels of fruits?

Have you ever wondered if it is healthy to eat the peel of your favourite fruit?

The answer is yes.

Our grandparents always claimed that the skin of fruit had good nutrients such as fibre, vitamins and minerals. Our grandparents were right about nutrients. However, there is a catch - pesticides.

The skin of fruit receives the most energy from the sun and protects the inside from harsh weather conditions. However, washing fruit does not completely remove pesticides, which enter the fruit through the pores. To enjoy the benefits of fruit peels safely, you should opt for unsprayed or organic fruit.

If you take this only condition into account, you can enjoy the peel of the following fruits.

Apple peels are anti-inflammatory, prevent high cholesterol, stimulate collagen production, and provide fibre and pectin, which prevent constipation.

Pear peels are packed with vitamin C and fibre.

Citrus fruit peels contain the vast majority of vitamin C and are also diuretic.

Grape peels contain antioxidants and substances that protect blood vessels and cardiovascular health.

Banana peels are full of potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B12 and B6 (get creative with that blender!).

Kiwi peels contain vitamins C and E (get used to that fuzzy feeling!).

Lemon peels are rich in vitamin C, B6, fibre, antioxidants, and aromas for cooking.

Pineapple peels make a healthy and therapeutic tea or fermented drink that aids digestion and reduces fluid accumulation.