Eating healthy foods is fundamental, but it is also important to eat their right parts. For example, fruit peel is rich in nutrients!
When you eat a carrot or an orange, the first thing you do is to peel them. It is a quite common practice, but not a very wise one. Fruit peel contains a lot of properties for our physical wellness.
Polyphenols and carotenes are highly contained in the exocarp of foods with an intense-colored peel, such as tomatoes and eggplants. Vitamin C is also contained in higher doses in the outer part of the fruit. This is why it is important to eat fruit peels: do not throw them away! Let’s see their hidden properties!
Why is fruit peel good?
This fruit part has a protective action: it shades sunrays, bacteria and parasites. Cellulose and lignin are the main insoluble fibers contained in fruit peels. These two substances are very good for our digestion: they guarantee the right functioning of the bowels and regulate your hunger. Moreover, they promote the bacterial flora and lower your glycemic index, while regulating sugar absorption.
However, people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and diverticulitis should not eat fruit peel.
Fruit peel: the ones you need to avoid
Washing fruits and vegetables is always fundamental, in order to eliminate possible bacteria. You should brush their peel or let them soak in a mix of water and baking soda, and then rinse them.
It is better to choose organic fruits and vegetables, because they do not contain harmful substances. Water does not always eliminate all the pesticides and plant protection substances.
Remember you cannot eat hard peels, for example the ones of pineapple, watermelon, melon and kiwi. Do not eat potato peel: it contains solanine, a toxic substance.
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