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Mom always told you not to eat from the garbage, and why would you want to? Unless your Mom threw out some day old Entenmanns or the remains of last night’s pizza, there would be no reason. There’s nothing in there apart from mystery meat and fruit peels. But, you may have heard “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
While to most of us, fruit peels are the stuff of trash, there is strong evidence that they may be the most valuable part of the fruit. So, while it would be ill-advised to rescue them from the neighborhood dumpster, it may be well worth it to think twice before consigning your citrus peel to the garbage.
Health Benefits Of Citrus Peel
Not only does orange peel have about four times the fiber of the orange itself, it also contains more cancer fighting properties from it tangeretin and nobiletin. However, before you start tearing it mercilessly from your orange, you may want to make sure that the fruit you’re using is organic, so that its free of pesticides and herbicides.
One hundred grams of orange peel contain 25 grams of carbs, 1.5 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of citrus oil It contains about 100 calories and is a great source of Vitamins B and C, as well as zinc, iron, copper, and magnesium.
Flavinoids in the citrus peel help vitamin C work more effectively and slow down the growth of cancer. One study showed that the peel can reduce the amount of squamous cell carcinoma, a deadly type of skin cancer. People who consume the citrus peel regularly have a lower risk of skin and lung cancer than those who ate only the fruit.
There hesperidin in citrus peels has been proven to lower levels of “bad”cholesterol.
Orange peel increases metabolism rate, enabling your body to increase its ability to burn fat quickly.
The anti-inflammatory properties in the citrus peel is beneficial to people with gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, heartburn, and mild acidity. The peel also contains pectin which can be helpful in lowering blood sugar and preventing constipation.
Protects Against Infection, Colds, and Flu
Because of the high Vitamin A and C content, the orange peel acts as an antioxidant to help strengthen your immune system and fight viruses and germs.
If the other reasons were not motivation enough, maybe this will be. If you are looking to survive a hangover, you may want to try some citrus peel tea. Just boil the peel for around 15 to 20 minutes and drink up.
The pain of bronchial asthma and bronchitis can be soothed by drinking orange peel, and doing so often enough can help heal the infection.
Fights Bad Breath
Try chewing on an orange peel instead of a piece of gum next time your dinner is a bit heavy on the garlic. Small pieces will get rid of mouth odors and also fight cavities.
Eating Orange Peels
Washing the Orange
Wash orange with warm water, and maybe a dash of soap, but make sure to rinse it thoroughly.
Cut Into Slices
Cut the orange into a minimum of four parts. Peel the skin from each piece.
Grate the Peels
Grate the citrus peels in a grater or vegetable peeler. You can use them in salads, desserts, or orange smoothies, or bake them into cookies and pies.
Dehydrate peels in a food dehydrator for eight to twelve hours at about 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Check if they’re done by folding them in half. If the sides stick, they need to go back in.
Steep Peels in Tea
Steep peels in a hot cup of tea for a soothing effect on a cold cough or flu.
Cook Peels in Sugar
This can make a healthy topping for cakes and cupcakes.
What are you doing with your citrus peels? Toss or keep? Let us know!