Let’s say that you’re one of the few who still consume their fruits and vegetables. Let’s say that you are now, or soon to be, making these smoothies and juices, getting more vitamins in you than the average person. You’re probably throwing out the peels, right? What if I told you that there’s actually a lot of important nutrients in those peels that you’re missing out on?
Researchers say that the peels of many fruits can contain more than 3 times the amount of fiber as the inside of the delicious fruits we eat. Isn’t that our goal? Consume more fiber so that the body can use it to flush out the toxins in our bodies.
I know what you’re thinking, it’s disgusting and I’ll be honest, it doesn’t help with the taste, but once in a while you can add some of these peels to get some extra nutrition. Then you be the judge of whether you want to keep doing it.
What some peels have in store:
Oranges, for instance, have more Vitamin C in their peels, whilst also having vitamin A, B vitamins, and minerals such as zinc, calcium, selenium, and manganese.
Bananas, on the other hands, their peels are known for increasing our feel good hormone, serotonin, as well as having lots of fiber. This comes at a cost in taste as it tastes awfully rubbery.
You can find many of these in garbage cans in picnic areas, but watermelon rinds are extremely nutritious. They are relatively easy to blend with a quality machine and they provide your body with vitamin C, vitamin B6, and citrulline, an amino acid that helps dilate blood vessels to improve circulation. Just cut the green skin and keep the white parts that are still juicy enough not to ruin the taste of your drink.
And finally, pineapples are very frustrating to cut up because you not only have to cut off the outside shell, but you have to cut the inside rings because they’re impossible to bite. However, a Vitamix blender will grind it into juice and provide your body bromelain, known to have anti-inflammatory and cleansing effects.
Word of warning, only do this with organic fruits and vegetables as they are free from pesticides, otherwise you’ll be eating toxic matter.
Do not try doing this with a low-end blender; it just won’t work and may even break a terrible machine. That’s the risk you take when you buy something cheap, trying to save every dime, versus buying a quality product once and getting the best results and more benefits.
And if you do have a great device like the ones recommended on this site, I recommend you try using some of these peels and getting all you can out of this lifestyle.