Fruits are an all-time favourite, decoded healthy food ever.
No matter what your routine includes- fruits are always part of fasting, illness, detox plan or regular healthy eating. Fruits are a great source of nutrition that our body uses to stay healthy. Nutrition aside, fruits are delicious and different fruits are contained within a peel.
Next time when you peel a fruit stop and think twice before you throw the peels into the bin. Did you know that peels of fruit have the most effective and active nutrients that your body needs? A huge amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are packed into the protective covering of many fruits.
The peel of a fruit may not look appealing as most of them get bruised in transit. But if you are eating only fruit you are restricting yourself to many benefits
Let me explain how fruits and veggies peels are beneficial for health.
Banana peel benefits: Wondering how you can use a banana peel?
Rub a banana peel over your teeth and it acts as a great teeth whitener. Even pimples on the face vanish after rubbing banana peel over it for few days. Banana peel has fibre which helps in better digestion. Banana peels are a rich source of potassium and contain much more soluble and insoluble fibre than the fruit inside.
The citrus fruit peels have large amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium. They make up for almost 30% of the fruits nutritional value and more so in its antioxidant properties. A lot of the peels such as that of orange and lemon are often used as zest in many foods. The protective covering of these juicy fruits often is bitter or sour tasting. This acts as a repellent to pests and insects. Its Nature’s way to ensure that the fruits are not destroyed before ripening.
Orange peels are often used to add glow and radiance to the face. Lemon peels are recommended for skin lightening and fairness.
Apple peels are known for their anti-cholesterol properties as well as reduction of diabetes, as they have pectin. It also has quercetin which is anti-inflammatory and fights brain damage and enhances memory.
Watermelon Fruit Peels and the rind has citrulline which can be converted into arginine, an essential amino acid that is beneficial for the heart and immune system.. Eating a rind might sound unappetizing, but it can be pickled (like a cucumber), or simply sautéed and seasoned. Or throw it in a blender with the watermelon flesh, and add some lime
Mangoes and their peel contain high amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants work to reduce damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals can affect all parts of the body including skin, eyes and even heart.
An Australian study revealed that eating mangos with their skin could promote weight loss. Eating mango peel can promote digestion and reduce constipation.
The passion fruit peel helps in improving breathing processes, controls wheezing and improves lung function. The peels also have a good amount of fibre that assists in the digestive process of our bodies, preventing constipation and helping the gut flora.
Potato skin is packed with nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Potassium plays a role in the electrical impulses transmitted by your nervous system and helps your muscles contract to facilitate movement.
Sweet potato skin is loaded with the significant amount of beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A during digestion. Vitamin A is essential for cell health and immune system
The dark green skin contains the majority of a cucumber’s antioxidants, insoluble fibre and potassium. The cucumber peel also holds most of its vitamin K. The next time you have a salad ask not to peel the cucumber.
Since the skin of a carrot is the same colour as what’s directly beneath it (like a tomato or a red pepper), the peel and its flesh have similar nutritional properties. However, the highest concentration of phytonutrients is found in a carrot’s skin or immediately underneath. Just rinse the carrot thoroughly rather than peeling it.
Pomegranate peel cannot be consumed just like that but when you boil it in water and gargle it …it helps to relieve a cough and sore throat
But major concern now is these fruit peels are soaked in harmful chemicals and pesticides.B ut organic fruits can be ingested to enhance the benefits of all the minerals, vitamins, flavonoids and antioxidants that are present in abundance in the peels of many fruits and veggies
As you start eating a fruit/veg available in the market… do think before you peel a fruit/veg and throw away what can be a rich source of vitamin intake for you and key to your glowing skin.