9 interesting fruit and vegetable peels that are safe to eat



When we talk about sustainable living, zero food wastage is one of the major points of discussion.

And to make the zero food wastage actually work, we need to stop the practice of throwing away the fruits and vegetables skin, which are loaded with nutrients.

In some cases, skin has more benefits than the fruit/vegetable, hence we should avoid throwing them and should consume in the form of dip, salad, and or grind them to paste to enhance the nutritional value of dough.

Take a look at 9 interesting fruit and vegetable peels that are safe and healthy to eat.

1. Watermelon

Yes, watermelon skin is safe for consumption, as it is rich in vitamin C A, B6 , potassium and zinc. Regular consumption of rinds helps improve skin, immune system, lowers blood pressure, and aids in weight loss too.

2. Mango

This might sound bizarre, but raw mango peel is full of nutrients. Raw mango peel contains vitamin A, C and phytonutrients that are essential for the body. While vitamin A is good for the immune system, vitamin C helps repair injuries. The peel also contains iron and antioxidants. The fibre content keeps the digestive system healthy and phytonutrients lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer.

3. Sweet potato

We often throw away the peel of sweet potato, but it is rich in antioxidants and vitamin A. The peel helps improve eyesight and boost the immune system. It also contains potassium, iron, vitamin C and E, which help protect the body from numerous diseases.

4. Cucumber

Cucumber peel is rich in vitamin K, potassium, fibre and it is also low in calories. While vitamin K activates protein in the body, fibre keeps the digestive system healthy. Also it is helpful in weight loss.

5. Orange

The peel of this citrusy fruit is full of powerful antioxidants, vitamin C, A, fibre and pectin. The peel is good for boosting the immune system and also helps in cleansing the respiratory system.

6. ​Lemon

With sky-rocketing prices of lemon, nobody wants to waste even a bit of it and one should definitely not throw the peel, which is a source of potassium, vitamin C, and calcium. As per experts, lemon peel helps decrease cholesterol levels, fight cancer, improve bone health and also improve oral health.

7. Potato

Potato peel is rich in potassium, iron, and niacin. Potassium fuels the metabolism and iron content helps support red blood cells function efficiently. Also, niacin aka vitamin B-3helps break down nutrients for fuel.

8. Kiwi

Kiwi is good for boosting the immune system and the rich amount of fibre, folate, and vitamin E found in its peel makes it good for heart, cancer, and diabetes.

9. Eggplant

Eggplant peel is rich in fibre and is also low in calories. Peel consumption improves the bowel movements and contributes to weight management too.

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