Doctors only make money when you are sick. Did you know that if you stop wasting the best part of your health food you can avoid patronizing the doctor?
Read the warnings about agricultural poisons at the end of this article, but here are the views of several experts.
The skin and pulp of many fruits usually contain more nutrients than the fruit itself. As most nutrients are in the skin of a fruit or vegetable. Peeling fruits and vegetables is a waste.
Almost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin. Eating the skin also increases insoluble fibre content.
The blue in blueberries comes from the anthocyanin pigment. In the North American blueberry, the pigment is only found in the skin.
Bran is removed from the outside of grains and then sold back to us for the fibre.
This is a carrot-like vegetable that has not been destroyed yet by breeders.
Since many nutrients are in the skin, do not peel before using. You can use in broths or in stir-fries. Burdock has also traditionally been used as a health-supporting herb.
Do not peel them if you want to maintain their spectacular colour; and many nutritionists claim much nutrition is contained in the skin.
Fruit And Vegetable Juices
Commercial juices have the best parts removed, they are pasteurized or cooked, and preservatives and sugar added. However, if you make your own, there is nothing to prevent you stirring the pulp back into the juice. Juicing has the advantage of breaking open plant cells so as to make the nutrients available, as long as you do not throw away the best part.
Although much of the calcium in the orange is lost during juicing, you can buy calcium-fortified orange juice. OJ is also rich in phytonutrients. Depending upon how much pulp they leave in, it can even contain some fibre.
Eating grapes, drinking dark grape juice that is made with skins, or eating raisins may be just as heart-healthy as drinking wine, without the health hazards of alcohol.
Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes)
Sunchokes contain the prebiotic, inulin, which provides food for the good intestinal bacteria. Look for clean, firm tubers with unblemished skin, which may be glossy and tan or a matte brown. They should not show a greenish tinge or any sign of sprouting or mould. Scrub instead of peel to retain the most nutrients in the fragile skin.
The yellow part of the skin (zest) of lemons has most of the limonoids in the fruit.
Much of the fibre in fruit is in the skin of nectarines. To get the full benefit of fibre, wash the fruit well and then eat the whole fruit – with the skin.
As with grapefruit, the white membrane under the skin of the orange contains more vitamin C than the flesh and a lot of the pectin fibre. The part of an orange or lemon that has the highest concentration of the very valuable nutrients, citrus bioflavonoids, is the pulp in the skin which is usually discarded.
Also, the highest concentration of flavour is in the outermost, colour layer of the skin.
Much of the full, deep flavour and nutrients in peaches are found in the skin.
Most of the vitamin C in pears is concentrated in the skin. A medium sized pear provides 4 grams of fiber, half of which is pectin (a carbohydrate found in the skin and seeds). Pectin has been found to reduce cholesterol levels, which in turn may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Plums have only moderate amounts of soluble gums and pectins in the flesh, as well as small amounts of cellulose and the non-carbohydrate food fibre lignin in the skin.
Most of the Lycopene is in the skin, and cooking them releases it. Here is one case where a juicer is helpful because it breaks open the plant cells releasing the lycopene. Blend the juice and the pulp with some coconut oil for best results.
Brown rice takes longer to cook than polished white rice, but most of the goodness is in the brown stuff that is removed.
There are 3 parts to the wheat grain. Starch, germ, and bran. The food processors remove the last two and sell them back to you as bran and wheat germ because these are the only good parts of wheat. Starch just makes you fat.
Taste of Skins
Some of these skins have a strong flavour which you may find unpleasant. The answer is to blend with something more pleasant. Orange zest, for example, tastes great if you blend it with the rest of the orange. Dried fruit is excellent to change the flavour. Peanut paste can hide even the taste of medicine, but make sure that you are not allergic to it.
Non-organically grown apples and soft fruits are heavily sprayed so there is a real chance of low-level poisoning.
Apple cores concentrate agricultural poisons so do not use them if not organically (without agricultural chemicals) grown.
If you can not buy organic produce you can buy special surfactants intended for washing your fruit and vegetables. Most of the chemicals do not wash off in plain hot water.