There’s nothing quite as appealing as an apple or orange for a quick snack during the middle of the day. After all, we don’t always have the time to stop and eat a full meal. Fruit offers a way to quickly get a bite to eat without needing to pause for long to eat. Everyone enjoys the flesh of fruits, but some of us aren’t really fans of the skins and peels. This isn’t actually the best approach. Those working on being more health conscious should try to remember that those parts of the fruit or vegetable are actually packed full of nutrients. They’re not only good for you, but sometimes they are actually the healthiest part of a given fruit or vegetable. With this in mind, we’re going to look at some examples of foods where it might actually be appealing to eat the peel for a change.
An apple is the eternal snack people suggest when someone is hungry, but not quick hungry enough for a meal. It makes perfect sense. Fruit is healthy, quick, and not particularly messy. There is the small matter of apple peelers though. Many people love to eat the flesh, but apple peelers are almost too convenient. Kitchen drawers around the world seem to have them even if no one remembers buying one. It is actually important to avoid removing the peel when eating an apple. Fiber is very prevalent in the peel of an apple along with many of the nutrients already in the apple. Of particular note to anyone eating for their skin’s health is that the skin is actually the biggest source of antioxidants in the apple as well. The various compounds contributing to the color of the peel are potent sources of antioxidants just as they are in other colorful fruits and vegetables.
Eating the full potato is a healthy choice too. People tend to be highly fond of mashed and baked potatoes. The problem is that the dishes typically entail the removal or eating around the skin. Everyone should actually be eating the potato skin as it, like apples, includes a potent amount of fiber that people otherwise miss out on. The vitamins found in the skin are also particularly worth mentioning. You might be surprised to know that both vitamins B and C are present in potato skins. Vitamin C plays a potent role in helping to maintain your skin’s health. This entirely skips over the fact that you can get potassium and other healthy vitamins and minerals from the skin as well. People simply skip over the skin because it tends to be slightly tougher or earthier in some preparations of potatoes. Try eating them instead.
Citrus rinds are frequently used as a garnish in some seasonal dishes. The fact is that you might want to find an excuse to find more dishes that utilize the rinds of citrus fruits. They are absolutely packed with nutrients just like the other peels and skins we’ve highlighted. Unfortunately, there is no getting around the fact that they tend to be relatively unpalatable on their own. Some countries utilize them directly in cooking as part of the flavor of a dish. Others utilize it frequently as a garnish or spice within the process of cooking a dish instead of a direct part. Learning to utilize citrus rinds is a good excuse to experiment with different kinds of cuisine and learn new ways to enjoy foods that you might not have previously had a chance to try. The citrus rinds will give you even more of the same benefits you get from eating the flesh.
The foods we’ve highlighted aren’t even a minor dent in the list of foods with edible peels/skins that can increase the healthiness of your diet. When you’re working with a fruit or vegetable, you can typically easily look up if the peel is edible and if it can be used in a dish or on its own. You might be surprised at how frequently people have actually used these seemingly ready to be cast-off parts of fruits and vegetables in cuisine. Some countries even utilize banana peels. Finding how to use the skins and peels of fruits and vegetables opens the way to a healthier life with a varied diet.