Please Note - Easter 2023
Our office will close on Thursday 6th April at 5pm and will not re-open until Tuesday 11th April at 9am. Any orders received after 11am on Thursday 6th will be processed and delivered on our return.
Dr Joan Ransley
Many people struggle to eat enough fruit and vegetables. One reason is that washing, peeling, and chopping fresh fruit and vegetables takes time. But do all fruit and vegetables need to be peeled? The answer is some don’t. The peel on many fruits and vegetables contains valuable nutrients and it can be made to look and taste good too.
One of the most nutritionally important components of peel from apples, pears, potatoes, squashes, and root vegetables is dietary fibre. Fibre is a type of carbohydrate that the body cannot break down and so it passes through our gut into our large intestine (or colon). It helps to keep our digestive system healthy. Fibre provides ‘food’ for ‘good’ gut bacteria, allowing them to grow in number and produce substances that are important for the body’s immune system and overall health.
In 2017, the World Health Organization reported that around 3.9 million deaths a year worldwide were attributable to people not eating enough fruit and veg.
There are nutritionally important amounts vitamin C, iron and zinc found in the peel of many root vegetables.
Unpeeled apples have been shown to contain 15% more vitamin C, 267% more vitamin K, 20% more calcium, 19% more potassium and 85% more fibre than their peeled equivalents.
Here are some examples of vegetables and fruits that do not need their skin to be peeled or their leaves to be removed.
There is lots of information online about what to do with fruit and vegetable peel which can be used in recipes or composted. Composting reduces food waste and can be used in your own garden to grow vegetables.
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