It’s no secret that apples are a great source of nutrients, but did you know most of what makes these fruits such a powerhouse for your health is actually in the peel?
The next time you’re about to throw away the skin, think about all the goodness that’s going into the trash along with it, and maybe you’ll reconsider.
The Benefits of Apple Skin
Minerals and Vitamins
Apples are bursting with vitamins A and C, as well as important minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, folate and iron. According to Livestrong, studies have shown that much of these good-for-you nutrients are contained within the apple’s peel.
From maintaining strong bones and teeth, to promoting proper cell and heart function, to helping protect your vision and keeping your immune system strong, these vitamins and minerals all play a vital role in keeping you healthy.
Apples are known to be a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, and according to the University of Illinois, about two-thirds of that content is found in the peel.
A fiber-rich diet is vital for a healthy digestive and cardiovascular system, but the average American only consumes about 15 grams of the 25-38 grams of fiber needed daily.
An average medium sized apple can provide you with about 4.4 grams – with the skin on, of course.
Apple peels help protect your cells from the damage of free radicals due to their high antioxidant content.
Powerful phytochemicals like flavonoids and phenolic acids have been credited with fighting off the destructive free radicals that can lead to the development of a wide range of diseases. The skin of an apple is bursting with these defensive compounds – about two to six times the amount that’s in the flesh alone, according to SuperFoodsRx.
So remember that old saying: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. It can be especially true — especially if you keep the peel on.