Healing naturally with vegetable peels
In my last article, we looked at fruit peel health benefits. In this article, however, we will be discussing vegetable peel health benefits and how they can bring natural healing to our bodies
As it is with fruit peels so it is with vegetable peels, in fact, vegetable peels are thrown out more often than fruit peels but do you know that vegetable peels are loaded with
nutrients and vitamins that can do our bodies a lot of good. Do you remember how it was when we were kids and got that serving of vegetables what our parents would often say to us, “eat your veggies” and for some of us this was a nightmare that we wanted to awaken from but sad to say it was not a dream but a reality we were faced with and that was eating our vegetables?
What’s also surprising is, there are many adults who are just like that, They hate veggies and refuse to eat them but what they do not realize is they are missing out on foods that cannot only promote their health but also bring natural healing.
Taking a closer look
The question is what’s it about veggie peels that promote our health while bringing healing? We will be discussing this by taking a closer look at these veggie peels.
I am pretty sure if not all of us, most of us have removed and thrown the skins or peels of vegetables away, but what I found out is that a lot of the nutrients and vitamins is found in the veggie peels which is great and is something we all should get excited about.
Here are a group of vegetable peels that are so beneficial for our health.
Cucumber Peel health Benefits
1. I love cucumbers and eat them whenever I can. In fact, there is a salad that is made in our home that we call the cucumber salad where a lot of vegetables is added, this salad makes a great side order.
Our fourth son loves this salad so much that it seems at times that he makes and consumes it more than everyone else at home. What is so good is this type of salad is a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies.
But what benefits do eating cucumber including the peel offer? Let’s take a closer look and see what we find.
A. Beta-carotene is a component that is found in the peel of cucumber skin. Beta-carotene is known to promote vision health so including cucumbers along with the peel in your diet is good support for eye health.
B. Cucumber peel is a good source of insoluble fibers that will make your bathroom visits easier.
C. Including cucumbers with the peel aids in weight loss.
D. The peels of cucumber contain antioxidants that aid the body in getting rid of free radicals that are harmful.
E. Consuming cucumbers offers some help in the prevention of colon cancer.
For more on the benefits of including cucumbers in your diet follow this link. The benefits of eating cucumbers.
Potato Peel health Benefits
2. Eating a boiled potato with a little -melted cheese is really great, baked potatoes are healthy, and adding potato to your soups and broil foods can really give that extra flavor but so sadly the peels or skins of potatoes are
thrown away because it is viewed as tasteless and useless but studies have shown that the peels of potatoes are filled with vitamins and nutrients which can benefit our bodies in many ways such as.
A. Niacin is found in potato peels aids our bodies in helping the cells to break down nutrients into fuels that are beneficial for our health.
B. Potato peels are a rich source of potassium that helps to fight against stroke and heart attack. Potassium maintains healthy hearts along with lowering blood pressure.
C. Potato peels are loaded with phytochemicals and chlorogenic acids which help to fight cancers.
D. Eating potatoes with the skin is loaded with insoluble fiber that promotes regular visits to the restroom and also promotes good digestion.
E. The fiber that potato contains will help you feel full which will keep you from snacking between meals that contribute to weight gain.
F. Potato peels are known as an energy booster. Niacin and Vitamin B3 are responsible for this.
For more on the benefits of potato continue reading. Nutritional facts about potatoes.
Eggplant Peel Health Benefits
3. Eggplants are loaded with vitamins and can benefit our bodies in so many ways. Healing naturally is always good because we don’t have to worry about side effects. Here are some amazing facts about the eggplant.
A. Making eggplant a part of your diet will help in the prevention of skin cancer. Eggplant contains chlorogenic acid which provides antiviral and antibacterial properties that is beneficial for our bodies.
B. Eggplants contain antioxidants that not only help our bodies to get rid of free radicals but also bring balance to our cholesterol level.
C. According to research, the antioxidants that are found in eggplant protects the liver from some toxins
D. Some studies have shown that the antioxidants that are found in eggplant may be able to protect the heart from disease.
E. Want to lose weight? then eggplant is the veggie for you. Low in calories and high in fiber eggplants can get the job done.
F. The skin or peel of eggplants is a good source of nasunin which protects the lipids that are found in the brain from damage.
G. Want healthy skin and hair then including eggplant in your diet will help you in this area.
For more on eggplant continue reading
Peas Peel Health Benefits
5. Peas-When it comes to peas do you know peas can be cooked in so many ways from adding them to rice, salads, soups, and so on. In the Bahamas, we use peas in many of our dishes and the health benefits that we receive from them is so amazing.
There are many types of peas that can be grown and harvested which brings their own flavors and nutrients. I know of persons who don’t eat peas but what they are missing out on is an opportunity to boost their health. Let’s take a closer look at what peas brings to the table.
A. A diet in peas can help to control weight because peas are low fat.
B. Peas help to promote healthy skin and hair because of their rich source of vitamin c.
C. Peas help to lower cholesterol.
D. According to studies, peas contain a great amount of polyphenol called coumestrol which fights against stomach cancer.
E. Peas support immunity because of their high antioxidant content.
F. Peas contain anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants that promote heart health.
For more on the health benefits of peas continue reading.
Zucchini Peel Health Benefit
6. Zucchini peels offer so much help and also plays a part in our diet. Studies have shown how beneficial zucchini is for our health. Taking a closer look at this veggie will cause you to see
why so many people are taking advantage of this all-natural healer so let’s discuss the wonders of zucchini and all that it has to offer when it comes to boosting our health.
A. Zucchini is high in fiber which makes it great in the fight against colon cancer.
B. Zucchini can help to lower cholesterol
C. A diet in zucchini helps to lower blood pressure.
D. Zucchini helps to support heart health.
E. Zucchini helps to support good digestion.
F. Zucchini aids in weight loss.
Continue to read about this wonder veggie by following the link
Carrot Peel Health Benefits
7. Carrot is included in so many dishes that it is mind-blowing. This veggie is known for its many benefits including promoting eye health. Too often the peel of carrots is removed then hit the trash.
But what I found out is even the peel offers benefits that can do a lot for our bodies. Carrots can be eaten raw just as is, in salads or cooked in soups and many other dishes but what does the peel has to offer. Let’s take a closer look and discuss it.
A. When juicing your carrots it’s also good to juice the peel to get those added nutrients. A diet of carrots has been known to improve eye health.
B. Consuming carrots can promote heart health, also carrots are loaded with antioxidants that will remove free radicals from our bodies.
C. Thoroughly washing carrots with running water and a brush, cutting in chucks and semi-boiling makes a great healthy side order. Carrots have also been known to improve oral and skin health.
D. Semi-cook carrots in a stew with the peel do not only taste great but the nutrient content is high. Carrots have been known to promote healthy hair.
E. Eating carrots in a soup diced and semi-cooked is really tasty and nutritious. A diet of carrots has been known to fight cancers.
Note: Before cooking veggies wash thoroughly under warm or room temperature running water. Use a toothbrush if possible to gently scrub potatoes, carrots, squash, etc…
The final word
Who would have thought that the peels of vegetables had all of these benefits that can do our bodies a whole lot of good? These natural healers are great and the best part is there are no side effects.
So the next time you peel one of these listed veggies we have discussed remember their benefits and take advantage of them by making them a part of your diet. Also, these vegetable peels can be used to add nutrients to your plant bed by starting a compost pile whether indoors or out.
With vegetable peels, we cannot lose so let’s use them to our advantage and reap the rewards.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.