Because food is treated with pesticides nowadays, it is advisable to remove the peel when consuming fruits or vegetables and continue to process and prepare the meal.
However, few of us know that the skin of fruits and vegetables contains much more vitamins than the pulp itself. If we don’t use the peel a rich source of nutrients will be lost.
Furthermore, vegetables and fruits have a synergy when the skin is on. That means if the bark is removed, as well as the core and stem, the entire intensity of the action of the fruit will be lost.
Peel or Not?
The usage of various pesticides and the awareness of their effects which are harmful have made peeling to be compulsory. Thus some things have changed.
The most harmful pesticides, like DDT, have been banned and people have begun producing their own vegetables and fruits without using pesticides.
Do the following in case you are not sure if the food is treated or not with chemical substances.
Place the vegetables and fruits you have bought in a bowl. Put salted water above them. Leave them for about 30 minutes. After that, rinse them with water.
Now you can be pretty sure that the possible toxins have disappeared.
How to consume the skin
Chewing the skin of some kinds of vegetables and fruits is difficult.
However, kiwi fruit is consumed together with the coating in New Zealand?
Lots of people around the world eat bananas without removing the skin. You can just mix the fruit together with the skin and prepare a tasty smoothie or a glass of juice, if you find that difficult.
The skin of banana is abundant with serotonin. This substance is essential for balancing the mood and therefore it can alleviate depression.
The white inner part of the skin contains calcium, vitamin D and potassium and therefore it improves dental health.
Although the skin of a pineapple is very hard to consume still, more nutrients you obtain the closer you peel.
The pineapple is abundant with the enzyme bromelain, found in its heart, which promotes the digestion of the food remained in the digestive tract.
If you find it too hard it can be blended with pineapple juice.
Apples are rich with fibers, vitamins, minerals and acids that can help the digestion process.
However, the apple skin is rich with vitamins, which amount is six times greater than that in the fruit. One of the substances in the skin of the apple skin is pectin which is a fiber that adsorbs toxins and it is helpful in expelling the residues of the digested food from the intestines.
In addition, the apple skin contains ursolic acid that can control the levels of cholesterol and blood sugar, strengthens muscles and protects the body from aging.
In conclusion, to absorb the maximum from an apple always eat it with the skin on.
You’ve probably heard about candied orange peel (orange peel cooked and rolled in sugar. You can use the alternative healthier sugar, like the one of coconut, as a replacement of the white one in the recipe.
The pumpkin has a harder peel, and for practical reasons almost every time we remove it before consummation. But, the results from the statistics have shown one nation, which almost does not have problems with prostate diseases, is the Romanian.
This was clarified by the tradition of consumption of pumpkin with the skin and pumpkin seeds frequently, which are rich in zinc. This mineral is essential for the proper activity of the prostate.
They also contain beta carotene, which protects the heart and has anticancer effect.
Potatoes, Carrots and Cucumber
You can also eat the peel and the bark of lots of vegetables –zucchini, potatoes, cucumbers and carrots.
Peel of one potato has the daily necessary amount of fiber, iron, potassium and vitamin C. Life is seen as Yin and Yang, which are in perfect equilibrium, by the ancient Chinese sages. Therefore, food is also in balance.
Not only they did not peel the carrots, but they thought that removing the peel was shameful, because the peel contains substances that are essential for the yin and yang to be in balance in the body.
Therefore, refresh yourself with healthy food rich with nutrients by keeping the peel of vegetables and fruits.
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