Should we eat fruit peels?

There’s a lot of confusion about whether or not some fruit peels, like apple, pear, citrus, grape, etc. are acceptable to eat.  Others, such as banana or pineapple, might even surprise you. In this article, we will explain when it is positive or negative to eat fruit peels, learn how to take full advantage of all of the nutritional benefits these fruits can offer.

What nutrients do fruit peels contain?

In the past, fruits were eaten in their entirety.  Even fruit peels that should seemingly be thrown out, such as lemon or orange peels, can be used as remedies for certain illnesses.

Fruit peels are the part of the fruit that receives the most energy due to their exposure to sunlight because it protects the inner fruit from harsh weather, has the most fiber and color (and as a result, more nutrients).

Peeled apple

When shouldn’t we eat them?

The biggest problem with fruits and vegetables today is that a large amount of pesticides have been added to increase and protect the crop, which makes them differ from those that were eaten decades ago.

Even after washing the fruit, these fruits have penetrated the fruit through the peels pores, some fruits being more porous than others, and for this reason people now recommend that you always peel your fruit.

For those who would also like to take advantages of the nutrients found in peels, we recommend that you always choose fruit that is ecologically or organically certified or from your own crop, and that you also wash it well with water and baking soda, scraping the rhine a little with a knife or a special tool to clean vegetables.

What peels do we recommend?

 As long as these fruits are organic, we always recommend the following are eaten with peels:

  • Appleits peel contains ursolic acid, which helps keep muscles healthy, has anti-inflammatory properties, prevents high cholesterol, and promotes collagen production, all while supplying pectin and fiber to combat constipation
  • Pearto take advantage of all of the antioxidant properties the entire peel should be eaten, since the majority of the peel contains vitamin C.  Also, it contains soluble fiber which makes it a more satisfying food that prevents constipation and illnesses like colon cancer.
  • Citrus fruit: the peel is the part that contains most antioxidants due to its flavonoids which help prevent and treat cancer naturally, especially breast and skin cancer, as well as reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease.  It also contains the bulk of the vitamin C and has blood tonic, diuretic, relaxing, and digestive benefits.
  • Grapeflavonoids, anthocyanin pigments, and resveratrol are mainly found in the skin and seeds of the grape.  These protect blood capillaries and cardiovascular health in general, and contain a large amount of antioxidants.
  • Bananathe skin or peel of a banana has antibiotic, anti-fungal, and enzymatic properties.  It can be eaten raw or cooked, after being washed, and the inner part can even whiten teeth by rubbing it on the teeth after brushing.
  • Pineappleyou can prepare a healthy and therapeutic tea or a delicious fermented drink with the skin of the pineapple, both drinks help avoid liquid retention and improve digestion.

Peeled pineapple

A note about allergies

There are people who have allergies to the peels of certain fruits.  However, it is possible that in reality a chemical substance on the plant or tree to prevent insects is causing the reaction, which is why we recommend to always consume ecological fruit, especially if you are going to eat the peel.

Images courtesy of torbakhopper, hayleysuzanne, and Emily Barney.