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Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables Skins

Ditch the peeler to help lose weight and fight cancer.

When you’re in the kitchen to prepare food, take a second look at the fruit or vegetable that you’re holding before you reach for the peeler. Is there really a need for that vegetable to be skinned? Chances are, the casing of the fruit might be more nutritious than its flesh.

Eggplant

Eggplant skins were found to contain nasunin, an anthocyanin that may help protect cell membranes from damage It also contains muscle-cramp preventing potassium, heart-friendly magnesium and belly-slimming fiber.

Cucumber

The cucumber’s skin, which ranges in color from cream-white-yellow to dark green, is rich in fiber, a mineral which helps prevent constipation, helps maintain normal cholesterol levels and helps keep unwanted pounds off. The crispy peel also contains silica, potassium and magnesium. Silica is essential for the body to create and maintain collagen; it is renowned as a compound for skin-plumping and wrinkle prevention. Study participants have shown that eating foods high in potassium and magnesium is beneficial for healthier blood pressure levels.

Apple

New York Empire Apples by The Marmot.

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Specialists claim that peeling an apple before eating is the wrong thing to do because the yellow, green or red skin is the most nutritious part of the fruit. Apple skin contains pectin, which helps keep the digestive tract tone and healthy and helps create a feeling of fullness which can aid in weight loss. It is also rich in fiber and other antioxidants such as quercetin and phenols.

When buying, look for firm fruits with rich coloring and skin should be shiny and wrinkle-free.

Potato

My potato harvest by net_efekt.

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Gone are the days when potatoes need to be peeled prior to cooking with the idea that they are cleaner and thus, healthier. Today, health experts are saying that potatoes should be simply scrubbed gently and if one must peel, only remove the thinnest layer to keep the valuable nutrients just below the skin. Potato skin is a rich source of fiber and contains a variety of phytonutrients including carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeic acid—all of which help prevent cellular deterioration of the body.

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  1. Very interesting and helpful post. nice one to share with friends.

  2. Very informative, thanks

  3. Great article and great info! Thanks!

  4. This is new to me. Great sharing

  5. Thank you for all the healthy tips, We really should eat these healthy skins when possible.

  6. nice article..got no problems with fruits and veggies…ow the skin..awesome^^

  7. This is really interesting but I worry about the pesticides that are used with non-organic fruits and veggies. Sometimes a little is left in the skin, especially with apples.

  8. question about the eggplant skins:
    i\’m all about eating them (they are delicious when seared in a pan w/ olive oil) but couldn\’t one argue that eggplant skins bear a lot of the pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals that are sprayed on vegetables like eggplant – especially conventionally grown ones (as opposed to organic) – and therefore eating eggplant skins could pose as a health risk?

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