Do you believe there are more vitamins and nutritional value in the skin of a fruit or vegetable? I always did, because my dad told me so (insert laughing emoji)! He also told me if I ate the crust of my bread my hair would curl… (insert hysterically laughing emoji). Didn’t happen. Hair is as straight as a pin.
I decided to do a little research on this very matter with apples. We have a whole orchard full of beautiful, delicious apples. To peel or not to peel, that is the question???
I, of course, went to my favorite resource, Google, where you can find everything you ever wanted to know about apples (and everything else you ever wanted to know or not know – insert rolling eyes emoji). Some pro peel, some bleh peel.
We all know apples are one of the most nutritious snacks available. According to one article I read in a Huffington Post article, a medium apple with skin contains 4.4 grams of fiber. Without the skin, there is only 2.1 grams. Apparently, the cut-off for what is considered a “good source” of fiber is 3 grams.
I read another article from The Washington Post stating that by peeling apples you miss out on powerful nutritional pluses. Not only does the peel have a good source of fiber, they have 25% more potassium and 40 % more vitamin A. According to Elaine Trujillo, a registered dietitian nutritionist, the peel contains bio-active compounds polyphenols, pectins and ursolic acid. I have nooo idea what any of that is, but apparently it’s supposed to be good for us. I’ll have to “Google” it.
I seem to find more benefits to keeping the peel on, then peeling it off, but do your own research. Do you peel your apples or eat them with the peel on?
I’m going to stick with what dad told me. I eat my apples with the peel on!
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