When we use fruits and vegetables for juices and smoothies, half of the food goes in the garbage in the form of peels and skins. Many from those peels are rich in health protective phytochemicals, vitamins and antioxidants.
See in this article which foods you not supposed to peel before cooking and consumption, because their skin contains many vitamins that are essential for our health. Only thing what matters here is to make sure you wash them good before eating or cooking them. Also, it is always recommended to buy and eat organic food, especially in case where they are eaten with their peel on.
Apple is one of the healthiest fruits. Among many vitamins which apple have, apple peel has quercetin, vitamin C and triterpenoids which act against cancer. Studies have confirmed that consumption of apple peel eases breathing problems and improves memory.
Oranges and Lemons are also in list of foods which are recommended to be eaten with their peel on. Although, mostly we peel this fruits and we are not used of the bitter taste of their peel, but it’s important to know that the peel of this fruits has almost same amount of certain vitamins as the fruit itself and some have evan more. For example, citrus fruit peel has almost four times more fiber than the fruit itself.
Potato peel hide up to 20% of total vitamins in a potato. Many nutrients in sweet potato are also in his peel. Sweet potato peel contains vitamin C and B6, iron, potassium, magnesium and beta carotene, ingredients necessary for strong immune system, good eyesight and healthy lining of the throat and nose.
Tomato peel is rich in phytonutrients nasunin which prevents cell damage and thus prevents premature aging and many diseases.
Peel of the cucumber is rich in antioxidants and fiber that strengthen immunity, prevent constipation and positive effect on health of the digestive system.
Eating whole carrots is recommended by nutritionists. Carrot peel hide antioxidants and vitamin A that protect eyesight, is good for healthy hair and nails, and certain studies have shown that it reduces the risk of cancer.