Do you remember a presidential campaign a while ago that popularized the slogan “It’s the economy, stupid”? It was a way of letting everyone know what was really important. Here at SuperFoods, we’re going to start a new slogan: “It’s the skin, stupid!”
Apples really can keep the doctor away. This SuperFood is loaded with nutrients that can fight diseases. In a host of studies, regular consumption of apples is linked to a significant reduction in the risk of developing type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and some cancers.
What makes this fruit unique is that it contains special phytonutrients like phloridzin and phloretin xylogucoside, which give apples their unique and potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. But there’s a catch to these apple nutrition facts: The vast majority of the benefits are in the skin.
If you’re one of those people who meticulously peels the skin off the apple before cutting it up into cute little pieces for yourself or the kids, you should stop. Otherwise, you’re throwing away the most important part of the fruit.
Apples, like many fruits and vegetables, have skin that’s loaded with nutrients. For instance, the peel has six times the antioxidant power of the meat! So, throw out that apple peeler or you’ll be throwing out the best part of the fruit.
The same goes for tomatoes, cranberries, oranges, grapes and blueberries. Even the brownish skin on nuts, like peanuts and almonds, contains more benefits than the meat inside.
And the next time you see someone peeling an apple, you have our permission to tell them: “It’s the apple skin, stupid!”