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Is eating kiwi with the skin still on healthier?

Merely the thought of biting into a fuzzy kiwi without peeling first can send a shiver down the bravest of spines. According to nutritionist Rosemary Stanton however, it is actually healthier, and even encouraged.

"It's fine as long as it is clean," Dr Stanton said. "As long as somebody with dirty hands wasn't handling it before you, there is really no problem."

Dr Stanton said the kiwi fruit skin provides extra fibre, and modern versions of the fruit had even been bred to have less prickly fur.

"The kiwi fruit people developed their cultivars so that people wouldn't have to peel them because it is such a nuisance."

Kiwis aren't the only fruit or vegetable that she suggests eating with the peel. Potatoes were much better with the skin left on.

"The main aim of the potato skin is to hold the vitamin C and some of the other vitamins in while you cook them," she said. Roasted pumpkin with the skin on was also good for you.

"If you are eating the skins you are getting extra fibre," Dr Stanton concluded.

source: abc.net.au

Publication date: 8/23/2017


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