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Think twice before you peel the skin of fruits

They can keep your heart and brain healthy and your waistline perfect.

Deepa Gupta | New Delhi |

Eat plenty of fruits. Fruits are good for health. These are things that has been repeatedly told for ages. And, you have been told about their benefit. Now, eat fruits with their skin. It may sound weird. But new findings states that the skin of fruits preserves nutritional concentration and makes your meal more filling. They can keep your heart and brain healthy and your waistline perfect.

You may not like to become a complete raw food eater, but you may at least incorporate few raw fruits with their peel in your diet. It can prove healthier than you can imagine. Check out some flavourful fruits that will add a kick to your health if eaten with their outer skin.

Orange and Grape Fruit: These sweet, juicy and jelly like fruits are nutritional powerhouse, full of vitamin C and dietary fibre. Their skin is a great way to get nutrients without elevating unsaturated fats and calories. It is a pack of riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Containing twice the amount of vitamin C as contained in the fleshy inside part, they have anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties. To eat the peel raw is difficult. So, you may grate it and sprinkle on top of your salads, yogurt preparations, ice-creams, puddings and chocolates.

Apple: The hard, sweet and juicy fruit packed up with dietary fibre with vitamin K in the skin makes this fruit more than just a burst of flavour in every crunchy bite. Antioxidants in the skin protect lungs and memory. It also contains certain cancer killing compounds that work throughout the body. Peeling it off means losing half of the dietary fibre, most of the vitamin K content and one-third of the other fruit nutrients.

Mango: Its peel has more carotenoids, polyphenols, omega-3, omega-6 and polyunsaturated fatty acids than its flesh. It has the compounds that fight cancer, diabetes and heart problems. The skin can be eaten raw in the form of pickle. Otherwise, you may cook them in a tasty way and eat to absorb all its blissful doles.

Kiwi: The hairy skin is one’s beyond imagination. It is full of flavonoids, antioxidants and vitamin C. More nutritious than inside, it should be eaten whole with the outer skin.

Pear: The peel of this fruit is full of valuable nutrients and dietary fibre. Enriched with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, eat it without peeling to improve health.

Plums: The skin is a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It is of immense benefit in curing digestive problems and relieving constipation.

Cheeku: Enriched with vitamins, the skin of cheeku maintains the health of mucus lining. It has a good pack of iron, folate, potassium and pantothenic acid that leads to proper functioning of the digestive system.

We eat too much unhealthy food every day. To compensate, eating few fruits with their peel is perfect to clean out harmful compounds from your body leading to better detoxification. It will help will boost the immune system and keep you in good shape. After few days, you will fit into your skinny jeans easily. Swap the plate of peeled fruits for crunchy unpeeled fruits.