1. Is kiwi skin harmful?
Native to China, kiwis are a power packed fruit with many benefits. The sweet fruit is often consumed whole or as part of many popular desserts such as tarts. One everlasting question with peel fruits is whether the outer layer should be consumed or not. Kiwi is one of them.
2. Brown layer
The fuzzy brown outer layer of kiwi is often discarded simply due to its texture. However, many studies have revealed that the peel carries more nutrition than the flesh inside. Here’s why eating kiwi skin is actually good for you:
MORE FIBER: If you eat kiwi skin, it packs an additional 50 per cent fiber. This means that the flesh may contain fiber, but the real fiber content lies in its peel. If you feel that the peel is too coarse, you can rub it with a towel or a vegetable brush.
MORE ANTIOXIDANTS: Kiwis pack both vitamin C and vitamin E making it an extremely rich antioxidants. Your cells need protection from oxidants and subsequent deterioration, hence antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E play an important role. The peel packs as much as 35 per cent vitamin E and hence should not be avoided.
MORE FOLATE: Folates are needed in the production of red blood cells. They are also needed for cell growth. Eating kiwi skin promises over 30 per cent folate.
COMMON KIWI ALLERGIES: Many people develop an allergy from kiwi and its skin over a period of time. This can result in bristles on your tongue, numbness in the oral region and scratchy throat. It is best to avoid this fruit if this allergy persists for more than three to four times.
OTHER BENEFITS: Eating a kiwi along with its skin increases the nutrient consumption to 50 per cent. If you only eat the flesh, you end up consuming only 30 per cent of its nutritive value. Fiber promises good digestion, vitamin C and E ensure good immunity and nourished skin and folate can prevent birth defects in infants.