Fruits provide such healthy alternatives to us, protecting us from quite a number of diseases and bolstering our immune systems and most of them become quick favorites because as well as being sopped with nutrients, they are also quite sweet. A lot of us however just take in the pulpy sweet parts of the fruit and toss out the outer parts that we call peels. The peels are mostly considered as unappealing, tasteless and of a displeasing nature that people don’t hesitate to rip or tear them off to enjoy the main fruit.
It will interest you to know that by throwing these peels away, you are also discarding additional nutrients that come with the fruit. Although not as sweet as the pulp of the fruits themselves, there are some fruit peels that provide as much and even in some cases more health benefits to us, we’ll show you three of them.
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While orange is regarded as the best source of Vitamin C, the orange peel contains up to 60 types of flavonoids and over 170 different phytonutrients and is as rich in various pectins, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, as the pulp itself.
Despite the bitter taste, inculcating this peel into your diet will aid weight loss as it contains an impressive amount of fiber and very low calories. By adding it to food, it helps lower overall caloric intake and in that way also aids weight loss. The presence of high levels of histamine, reducing compounds and antioxidants makes it an excellent support against respiratory distress.
Throw in it’s proven the advantage of keeping cancer at bay and the fact that it contains nobiletin (a polymethoxylated flavone) which exerts a positive effect on the heart and it practically becomes irresistible.
Orange peels are also good stimulants for the skin. When carefully dried and grounded it can be used for various skin conditions including wrinkles, under eye darkening, and others.
To include it in your diet, you can simply grate it and sprinkle on salads, veggies, and desserts.
Most people peel the skin off cucumbers preferring to enjoy the mild, refreshing and vastly unique taste offered by the fruit (Yes, cucumber is a fruit) and while that still offers a veritable wealth of nutritional benefits, a lot of nutrients do stem from the discarded peel.
Cucumber peels are rich in insoluble fiber which is the type of fiber that helps in clearing out your digestive tract. The peels, therefore, help to relieve and prevent constipation. The vitamin K content of the cucumber peel is also much higher than that of a peeled cucumber, and vitamin K helps activate proteins which your body requires for healthy bone maintenance, cell growth, and blood clotting. Cucumber peels are also low in calories hence, aid in weight loss.
Throw in the fact that cucumber peels are also a hidden source of beta-carotene (a precursor of vitamin A), that is well-known for its beneficial effects on eye health and vision, and again, you should have enough encouragement to eat that cucumber with its peel.
We bet almost everyone is guilty of discarding the banana peel after eating the main fruit. But here is something you should know; the banana peel is richer in potassium and fiber than it’s fruit. It also contains lutein which is a powerful antioxidant that maintains healthy eye function. Tryptophan an essential amino acid is also more highly concentrated in the peel than the fruit. Tryptophan along with its long list of uses is also believed to combat depression by increasing the body’s levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that affects mood. Why wouldn’t you want to be not only healthy body-wise but also emotionally too?
Banana peel can also be used for some skin remedies. It can help with teeth whitening when you rub the inside on your teeth. Also, you can reduce cracked heels by simply rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the affected area. Banana peels also help relieve pains on burned skin.
Try eating a banana peel either by juicing both the peel and the banana (ripe or overripe) or boil the peel for several minutes to make it softer. You can also throw it in a frying pan, surely, anything to reap this nutritious benefits.