Why Eating Kiwifruit Skin is Good For You

FOOD  |  July 10, 2016
  • 1. YOU GET MORE FIBRE AND VITAMINS A, C AND E
    1 / 5 1. YOU GET MORE FIBRE AND VITAMINS A, C AND E

    Some studies actually show that the kiwifruit skin is loaded with triple the amount of fibre and antioxidants than the flesh. Plus, you get your dose of Vitamin A which boosts immunity; Vitamin C to quicken wound healing and prevent scurvy; as well as Vitamin E which prevents cell damage by free radicals (such as UV rays and air pollution).

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  • 2. THE PEEL DOES NOT CONTAIN HARMFUL SUBSTANCES
    2 / 5 2. THE PEEL DOES NOT CONTAIN HARMFUL SUBSTANCES

    That’s right, the kiwifruit skin even combats dreaded bacteria such as E-coli and Staphylococcus, which cause food poisoning.

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  • 3. GET A BETTER GRIP OVER MOOD SWINGS
    3 / 5 3. GET A BETTER GRIP OVER MOOD SWINGS

    Potassium is also found in kiwifruit skin, which can help regulate hormones, vascular function (veins and arteries that carry blood) and even blood pressure.

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    (Also Read: Can These Fruits Fight Cancer & Dengue?)

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  • 4. STRENGTHEN YOUR HEART
    4 / 5 4. STRENGTHEN YOUR HEART

    Amazingly, both the skin and seeds contain an oil that’s heavy in omega-3 fatty acids. Not only is this essential to our diets – our bodies don’t produce this particular fatty acid – even our joint, heart and metabolic health receives a boost too.

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    (Also Read: Why Tropical Fruits Make Healthy Snacks)

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  • 5. THE FUZZ COMES RIGHT OFF
    5 / 5 5. THE FUZZ COMES RIGHT OFF

    Now that we have established that the kiwifruit peel is edible too, simply rub the fuzz off gently with a cloth. If not, take a tub of water mixed in white vinegar, soak the kiwifruits for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Still can’t get past the tiny hairs prickling your throat? Juice it into a smoothie instead, chop finely and toss with meats, or add into a muffin mix.

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    (Also Read: Easy Peasy Kiwi-Gula Melaka Smoothie)

    A version of this article first appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly website.

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