Most people just eat the flesh of kiwi, but recent investigation has suggested that the skin should be eaten too, as it gives access to more vitamins and nutrients than the inside. It’s just that the skin is covered in a very fine fuzz and has a more bitter taste, that may be uncomfortable or unpleasant to eat. However, there are methods and options to eliminate this problem. In fact, the bitterness of the skin complements the sweetness of the flesh perfectly and with easy preparation, the entire fruit can be consumed.
What are the benefits of eating kiwi skin?
It regulates hormones, blood pressure and vascular function
Potassium can regulate hormones, blood pressure and vascular function to name just a few benefits. It is also found in kiwi, especially the skin.
It has anti-allergy, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties
Kiwi is high in flavonoids, which have anti-allergy, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Flavonoids are chemicals found in fruit and vegetables that cause the vivid colors. They are also beneficial to the immune system and are also powerful antioxidants.
It can enhance cardiovascular health
Kiwi is rich in Alfa-Linoleic acid and Omega-3 essential fatty acid, which can enhance cardiovascular health.
It is rich in vitamins A, C and E
Vitamin A promotes growth and development, it boosts immunity and improves vision. Vitamin C is imperative for wound healing and the prevention of capillary bleeding; its deficiency is the primary cause of Scurvy. It is also an antioxidant. Another antioxidant is Vitamin E. It protects cell membranes and aids neurological function.
How to eat the skin
The easiest and most pleasant way to consume the kiwi skin for added health benefits is to gently rub the unpleasant fuzz off with a cloth. Dirt and other pollutants such as pesticides can get caught in the tiny hairs so it is important to wash the fruit properly if you plan to consume it. An easy and effective way to do this is to add some white vinegar to water and soak the fruit for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Kiwi is also great for blending. These days with the popularity of super juices and blending machines, you can pop an entire kiwi or several in with either an abundance of other ingredients or on their own and blend away. You could add some honey or pure maple syrup to sweeten it a little and drink your kiwi.
Another way to consume the entire kiwi is to cook with it. Squeezed and sliced, it tenderizes meat and can also be crushed or blended before being added to mixtures to make muffins and cakes.
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