Registered nutritionist Gabi Zaromskyte claims that she eats the skin on a lot of fruit and vegetables, because of the benefits it has for her gut. According to Zaromskyte, the skins of potatoes, carrots and kiwi fruit all “feed different gut microbe species compared to the flesh”. That’s because the skins and peels also contain that all-important ingredient: fibre. And Zaromskyte claims that “fibre is essential for a healthy gut microbiome”.
In fact, eating a whole kiwi with the skin on increases its fibre content by 50% more than if you eat it without its skin, according to Cleveland Clinic.
And don’t worry about potential chemicals on the outside of your fruit and veg – just wash your food with apple cider vinegar or salt water to help remove excess pesticides, the dietary expert advised.