It is time to start changing you think about fruits, we all have been enjoying the pulp of the fruit and neglecting the peels even though many studies proved that most of the nutritional value in any fruit actually present in the peel and not in the pulp. So you should be trying to give your jaws some exercise by eating some of the peels and the pith. Just make sure that you wash the fruit peels thoroughly before you eat.
Fruit peels are rich in dietary fiber which improves digestion and keep constipation at bay. Cancer-fighting phytochemicals are abundant in the peels than the pulp of the fruit itself which was proven scientifically. Besides the great ability of fruit peels to reduce LDL cholesterol levels which in return reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Peels also reduce the absorption of fat and sugar besides they make you feel full which is great for dieters.
Here are some more health benefits of eating skin peels.
1- Apple Peels, Rich in Nutrients.
Do you peel apples before eating them? Maybe you should change your mind; the peel of Apple is rich in calcium vitamin A and antioxidants that are great for the health, besides the cancer-fighting phytochemicals and the dietary fibers that aid digestion.
2- Lemon Peels, Great for Digestion.
Lemon Peels could be a bit bitter but they are great to aid digestion as they are rich in dietary fiber, they reduce symptoms of IBS as well as improving blood circulation, strengthening immunity and reducing cramps. The peals are rich of bioflavonoids that improve the liver ability of flushing out toxins from the body; the peels are also rich in calcium which strengthens bones.
Orange peels are rich in phytonutrients, flavonoids and fiber. Besides aiding digestion and strengthening immunity, orange peels also help to reduce harmful LDL cholesterol, it can add a wonderful taste if added to smoothies and baked goods.
4- Kiwi Skin, Natural Blood Thinner.
One of the healthiest fruit peels to eat is the skin of kiwis; it is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. It improves cardiovascular health and is an effective natural blood thinner. It can be added to salads and smoothies.
5- Watermelon Peels, a Powerhouse of Vitamins.
Have you tried the rind of a watermelon before? Even though it is not as tasty as the juicy pulp, the rind is a storehouse of various vitamins like vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, thiamine, lycopene, zinc, calcium and iron. So try to be a bit creative the next time with the peels of watermelon so you can attain all the health benefits stored in them.