Don’t Throw Away Nutrients by Peeling These 7 Fruits and Vegetables
It is no secret that eating fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis can be vital to good health. Not just that fresh fruits and vegetables are able to provide essential vitamins and nutrients that keep the body to functioning optimally, but they can also prevent a numerous of chronic diseases.
So if you peel your favorite vegetable or fruit be sure that you are throwing out a lot of the vitamins and minerals that are contained in that peel. Yes, maybe the peel is not the tastiest part of the produce but it is still loaded with a large amount of the nutritional benefits related to fruits and vegetables. Down there you will find a selection of the most common fruits and vegetables that are peeled, which should always be kept intact.
Apples. The peel of an apple is especially responsible for the apple’s pectin content, as well as a suite of phytochemicals like for example quercetin, triterpenoids, phenolic acid, polyphenols which help regulates blood sugar, also improve breathing and lung function, and provide cardiovascular health. Pectin will also help to slow digestion, which decreases your hunger for snacks to a minimum.
Grapes. It’s perfectly clear that Grapes require pesticides during their growth process, but that doesn’t mean that you need to peel off the skin. The skin of red grape contains resveratrol (a phytochemical) which is very beneficial to the brain and heart. According to animal studies it has been shown that it slows cancer growth in a cell.
Carrots. You throwing so much of the benefits of carrots if you remove the peel of this vegetable. Keep in mind that the skin of a carrot possesses lots of the carotenoids and polyphenols, which could help to deal with and prevent heart disease, types of cancer and diabetes.
Kiwi. Unlike popular opinion, the skin of a kiwi fruit is totally edible and well loaded with nutrients. In the peel of this fruit is found most of the fruit’s fiber, folate, potassium and copper contents. If you want to eat kiwi fruit entirely you just need to clean the fuzzy brown exterior by rubbing it under cool water.
Cucumbers. Well, I can say that this vegetable is one of the most used in the world. But did you know that when a cucumber is peeled the intake of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin K is lowered as compared to full unpeeled cucumber!? Even more, the most of the fiber content in cucumber are found in the peel (the inner flesh is mostly water).
Potatoes. When we talk about peeling of vegetables the first vegetable that I can remember is potato, without a doubt, the potato is No.1 that is often peeled before being cooked and eaten. The potato wrapped in their natural skins is low calorie, low fat, and vitamin-rich food which is mostly used as a side dish or snack. The truth is that a lot of the potato’s benefits are actually in the skin, which has rich amounts of vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, phosphorus as well as folate.
Eggplant. About Eggplant we can say that is a less favorite vegetable but however when it is eaten, it is usually peeled. The peel of Eggplant should not be neglected because it is loaded with a particular type of flavonoids that can help prevent cell damage from the free radicals within your body. Additionally, in the skin of this vegetable are found phytochemicals which can reduce the danger of diabetes and lowers the blood sugar.