Edible Peels: Fruits and vegetables you shouldn’t peel

Edible Peels: Fruits and vegetables you shouldn’t peel

Edible Peels: Fruits and vegetables you shouldn’t peel

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Here’s why you should eat the peel

According to Malina Malkani, RDN, creator of Wholitarian Lifestyle, the skin or skin of fruits and vegetables generally contain more antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals than the pulp. Unpeeled fruits and vegetables can contain up to 33 percent more fiber than unpeeled ones. And the antioxidant content in fruit peels could be up to 328 times higher than in the pulp, says Malkani.

Still, Alyssa Pike, RD, manager of nutrition communications at the International Food Information Council Foundation, says the amount of nutrients in each tray varies depending on the type of fruit or vegetable. And the only skins Hillary Cecere, RDN for Eat Clean Bro, doesn’t recommend eating are those that are too chewy or unpalatable to eat. If your goal is to also increase the health-promoting nutrients in your diet, experts say that with that in mind, it’s best to eat the following fruits and vegetables without peeling them. (And make sure to peel the rest!)

Close-up of a bunch of ripe cherries with stems and leaves.  Big collection of fresh red cherries.  Ripe cherries background. Melica/Shutterstock

Don’t worry about peeling berries, cherries or grapes

Malkani says it’s better to eat berries, cherries and grapes without peeling them. Aside from the fact that cherries and grapes are difficult to peel and most berries can’t actually be peeled, the peels offer many antioxidants and nutrients. The grape skin is particularly beneficial as this part of the grape contains the highest amount of antioxidants in the whole fruit. The antioxidant boost is why these are among the top 10 healthiest fruits for your body.

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