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We have all heard the famous saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. In fact, eating apples regularly is super healthy and, according to a study in Finland, people who ate five apples a week had the world’s lowest rates of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But do you tend to make the mistake of removing the apple peel? If so, you’re missing out on many nutrients.
While apples are well-known for their nutritional value, their peel is frequently discarded. But before you throw away the apple peel, consider the wonders it may perform in terms of improving your health.
“Apple is rich in fibre, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and it contains a balanced amount of all key nutrients, which is why it is the most eaten fruit on the earth,” Roopshree Jaiswal, Consultant – Dietitian/Nutritionist, Motherhood Hospitals, Mechanic Nagar, Indore, told Health Shots.
However, due to the use of wax and other harmful chemicals, some people may choose to peel the apple’s skin before eating it. She continues, “This strips off the apple from many essential nutrients. It is always better to eat the apple with its skin on to gain maximum benefits.” So stop peeling certain fruits.
The skin of an apple contains the majority of the fiber. Fiber keeps you fuller for longer, helping you avoid hunger pangs and cravings. Fiber also aids in the maintenance of the liver’s health, which in turn aids in the maintenance of bone health. Fiber is also advantageous to diabetic individuals since it aids digestion.
The apple peel contains quercetin, a powerful anti-inflammatory compound that protects your lungs and heart from a number of diseases.
The polyphenols in apple skin have been shown in tests to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as increase vascular flexibility for a healthy heart.
The apple skin’s high fiber content keeps you satisfied for longer, preventing overeating. As a result, calorie consumption will be reduced, and weight reduction will occur. Furthermore, polyphenols present in the skin have been shown to inhibit glucose and fat absorption, resulting in weight reduction.
Vitamins A, C, and K are found in apple skin. It also contains essential minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, and calcium, all of which are beneficial to overall health. All of these nutrients contribute to the health of your heart, nerves, brain, skin, and bones.
If you’ve been eating apples the wrong way up to this point, it’s time to stop peeling the skin and start getting the nutrients you need. However, make sure to thoroughly wash your apple before eating it to remove any wax or other chemicals.