Most of us never even give it a second thought before we get rid of a fruit or a vegetable’s peel. But did you know that sometimes by doing that you’re missing out on a big amount of nutritional value?
Very often, eating fruits and vegetables with the peel on can provide a higher amount of vitamins and minerals. For example, a baked potato with the skin on can contain a lot more Iron, Zinc, Potassium and B vitamins
And there’s more! Keeping the peel on also boosts the fiber content (yes, here we go with the fiber again...). In general, up to 31% of the total amount of fiber in a vegetable can be found in its skin. And fibers are good for pretty much every system in our body!
Having said all that, you should always thoroughly wash your fruits and veggies before consuming them, especially when leaving the peel on. Safety first!
This post was written with the aid of a professional nutritionist.