Why You Should Eat the Peels of Fruits and Vegetables
Do you eat your foods unpeeled? Usually, we always peel foods before eatingthem, right? However, eating unpeeled fruits and vegetablesavoids food waste and also adds more fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to yourdiet. Did you know that? Many people also peel their foods to try andreduce their exposure to chemicals. If you want to learn how to properly washyour foods to get rid of pesticides, watch the suggested video where we teach you thestep-by-step.
But, if you eat organic food, you will nowlearn why you should eat them unpeeled. Did you know that the peels are the part thatreceives the most energy from sunlight? The peel protects the inside of the fruitsfrom weather, and they contain more fiber and flashy colors (thus, more nutrients).
See now why you should eat your food unpeeled: Give more satietyEating fruits and vegetables with their skin can reduce hunger and make you feel satiatedfor longer. Did you know? This is, mostly, thanks to their high fiberlevels. Even though the amount of fiber varies fromfood to food, fresh fruits and vegetables contain up to one third more fiber than whentheir external layers are removed.
Isn’t it interesting? NutrientsThe amount of nutrients varies with each food. However, in general, when compared to theirpeeled counterparts, unpeeled foods contain higher numbers of vitamins, minerals, andother beneficial compounds. A raw, unpeeled apple contains up to 332%more vitamin K, 142% more vitamin A, 115% more vitamin C, 20% more calcium and 19% morepotassium than a peeled apple.
How amazing is that!? Peels also contain more fiber and antioxidants. Up to 31% of the total amount of fiber ina vegetable is in its skin. Besides that, the antioxidant levels can be300 times higher in the peel than in the pulp of a fruit. So, eating your fruits and vegetables unpeeledcan boost your nutrient intake. Are you enjoying the video? Leave a comment to let us know if we are contributingto inform you.
Don’t forget to like the video and share itwith your friends! Prevent diseasesDid you know that fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants? The main function of an antioxidant is tofight unstable molecules known as free radicals. When the free radical levels are too high,they can cause oxidative stress, which harms the cells and increases the risk of diseases. Antioxidants can help reduce the risk of heartdiseases and certain types of cancer.
According to a study, peeling a peach reducesthe number of antioxidants in it, 13 to 48%. In another study, the antioxidant levels were328 times higher in the skin than in the pulps of fruits and vegetables. Are you curious to learn which foods you caneat unpeeled? Some of them are plums, pumpkin, zucchini,asparagus, potatoes, eggplants, carrots, cherries, mushrooms, peas, apricot, apples, cucumbers,peaches, pears, peppers, grapes, and kiwis.
But, before you start eating everything unpeeled,be sure to check the origins of your foods and opt for organics. The peel is where we find the highest concentrationof pesticides that are harmful to our bodies. Tell us, did you already know the benefitsinside a fruit peel? If you already had the habit of eating unpeeledfoods, share with us which ones you like to eat, skin and all.