Please Don’t Peel These!

On 4/12 I posted information about the importance of organically grown food. Then, a day or two later I read an article called “The Power of the Peel” in my April issue of Health Magazine. The article recommends eating the following five foods with their skins on, so these are foods I would definitely buy organically grow. This is idea #16 in my Earth Day, Every Day postings.

1. Eggplants – The skin contains a powerful antioxidant (See Glossary called nasunin. This is considered to have heart-protecting qualities.

2. Apples– For those with chronic stomach problems, the antioxidants in apples may reduce inflammation in the digestive tract.


3. Cucumbers – While this veggie is a watery one, they plenty of Vitamin K, good for boosting bones. (both the skin and near the peel)

4. Potatoes – Skins contain Vitamin C & potassium and almost 8 times as much iron as the flesh of the potato without the skin.

5. Pears – The skin  on a pear contains potassium, Vitamin C, and an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid, which fights cancer.

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