Do you eat your foods unpeeled?
Usually, we always peel foods before eating them, right?
However, eating unpeeled fruits and vegetables avoids food waste and also adds more fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to your diet.
Did you know that?
Many people also peel their foods to try and reduce their exposure to chemicals.
But, if you eat organic food, you will now learn why you should eat them unpeeled.
Did you know that the peels are the part that receives the most energy from sunlight?
The peel protects the inside of the fruits from weather, and they contain more fiber and flashy colors (thus, more nutrients).
See now why you should eat your food unpeeled:
Give more satiety Eating fruits and vegetables with their skin
can reduce hunger and make you feel satiated for longer.
Did you know?
This is, mostly, thanks to their high fiber levels.
Even though the amount of fiber varies from food to food, fresh fruits and vegetables contain up to one third more fiber than when their external layers are removed.
Isn’t it interesting?
Nutrients The amount of nutrients varies with each food.
However, in general, when compared to their peeled counterparts, unpeeled foods contain higher numbers of vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial compounds.
A raw, unpeeled apple contains up to 332% more vitamin K, 142% more vitamin A, 115% more vitamin C, 20% more calcium, and 19% more potassium than a peeled apple.
How amazing is that!?
Peels also contain more fiber and antioxidants.
Up to 31% of the total amount of fiber in a vegetable is in its skin.
Besides that, the antioxidant levels can be 300 times higher in the peel than in the pulp of a fruit.
So, eating your fruits and vegetables unpeeled can boost your nutrient intake.
Prevent diseases Did you know that fruits and vegetables contain
The main function of an antioxidant is to fight unstable molecules known as free radicals.
When the free radical levels are too high, they can cause oxidative stress, which harms the cells and increases the risk of diseases.
Antioxidants can help reduce the risk of heart diseases and certain types of cancer.
According to a study, peeling a peach reduces the number of antioxidants in it, 13 to 48%.
In another study, the antioxidant levels were 328 times higher in the skin than in the pulps of fruits and vegetables.
Are you curious to learn which foods you can eat unpeeled?
Some of them are plums, pumpkin, zucchini, asparagus, potatoes, eggplants, carrots, cherries, mushrooms, peas, apricot, apples, cucumbers, peaches, pears, peppers, grapes, and kiwis.
But, before you start eating everything unpeeled, be sure to check the origins of your foods and opt for organics.
The peel is where we find the highest concentration of pesticides that are harmful to our bodies.