Peels are great for health….

peelsWe love to peal and scrub the fruits and vegetables mainly for the neat clean look, but if you look from the point of nutrition, it is better to keep the peel on.

If you have noticed while peeling an orange, grapefruit, sweet lime etc there is a white thready like substance known as albedo. This has proven to reduce cholesterol levels as it is rich in pectin fiber and also contains polyflavones which are known to reduce cancers. These fibers are also rich in vitamin C.

Leaving the jacket on for potatoes too helps to retain the vitamin C and other minerals it contains. Cooking without skin can cause nutrient losses.

Rather than peeling the skin, It is better to scrub the surfaces of carrots and radish which clean of the dirt plus help to retain the fiber.

Fruits such as apples and pears need not be peeled as they are high in fiber and are great to munch.

Try not to peel the veggies and fruits unless they are tough to digest and so that you reap the benefits of natural fiber.

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Sanjana Shenoy

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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One Response to Peels are great for health….

  1. T.S.SUNDARAM. March 4, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    Skins of fruits and vegetables.

    The skins of Orange are so soft and nice to look at,with a velvety texture that I never throw away those thick jackets of the orange. What I always do is to clean them and dry in the sun. When they are completely dry, I put them in the mixie and powder them, store in a bottle. The resultant powder I get, is always yellow in colour like turmeric powder with a very pleasing aroma. In small quantities the powder is used in curries etc, without throwing the skin away.

    I welcome comments from readers for the above.

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