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6 fruits you shouldn't peel before eating

18 February 2017, 7:14:44

Health Desk: Fresh fruits are good for both physical and mental wellness. Isn’t this the most common recommendation that we are often given? Knowing this fact, we gorge on our favourite fruits but do we know the appropriate way to eat fruits? Some fruits may lose their nutrition value when peeled. Here we are listing a few fruits that should be consumed without peeling:

Famous among all and favourite of many, this fruit is enriched with antioxidants and phytonutrients. Not many of us are aware that apples should be consumed with its skin. The antioxidant property of apple skin helps in fighting against Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative problems. Its skin also contains most of the fibre and vitamins, which are essential for our health. Apple skin contains compounds called triterpenoids, which decreases the risk of cancer.

If you are peeling its edible skin, then you are losing its fibre and nutrition too. The skin is full of valuable nutrients and the skin holds half of the dietary fibre. Its skin also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, so it is best not to peel the skin. (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

This fruit has a lot of health benefits when eaten with the skin. The vitamin content in cheeku's skin also maintains the health of mucus lining. It also regulates the functioning of the digestive system as it is enriched with potassium, iron, folate, and pantothenic acid. So, it's better you have it without peeling the skin.

This delicious fruit keeps anxiety at bay. Plums should be eaten without peeling as their skin contains antioxidant called chlorogenic acid and is also a good source of vitamin-C. Plum is great for relieving constipation and digestive problems when eaten with skin.

We like it peeled but the kiwifruit skin is also edible. Its skin makes this nutrient-dense fruit even more nutritious. Eating the kiwifruit along with the skin also triples the fiber intake. As its skin preserves much of the vitamin C content, it should be consumed without peeling.

The mango skin contains properties which help in burning fat and reduces the production of fat cells. A mango's peel also contains carotenoids, polyphenols, omega-3, omega-6 and polyunsaturated fatty acids that help in fighting cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. One can eat the skin of a mango raw or cooked along with the insides. Another way to eat both flesh and skin is to prepare pickle.

Remember, the key rule is that if you are not peeling the skin of these fruits, you should thoroughly wash them.

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