The humble orange is a pretty impressive fruit, nutritionally packed and very good for you, even down to the peel of the fruit – the part that you would normally peel off and throw away.
Eating orange peels is not something that has only newly come about, people have been doing it for years and just one of the ways in which you can use it is in cake recipes and other such dishes, which calls for peel to add more zest, both appearance and taste.
The average orange peel itself has four times more fiber in it than the actual fruit of the orange does, giving you a huge benefit right away, and aside from that, there are no fewer than TWO cancer fighting components – nobiletin and tangeretin.
Eating Orange Peels – Nutritional Information
You’d need to eat a lot of orange peel in order to reap the most benefits but there are plenty of recipes out there that call for it so you shouldn’t be hard-pressed to find one.
One tablespoon (around six grams) of orange peel will give just 6 calories. You will also get 14% (8.2mg) of the RDA for vitamin C, plus 1% of vitamin A and calcium (9.7mg). The more you add, the more benefits you will reap and the more nutrition you are offering your body. You will also get 1g of carbohydrate and 1g of dietary fiber – 3% of your daily amount just in that one spoonful alone. You will also get a very impressive amount of potassium – 12.7mg.
To add to this, the humble tablespoon of orange peel will also provide 1.7mg of Omega-6 fatty acids, plus 0.7mg of Omega-3 fatty acids, offering more from the stuff we normally throw on the compost heap than we ever thought possible.
Eating Orange Peels – Benefits
Starting with vitamin C, the body does not make this naturally so the only way you can get it is via your food. Vitamin C is important for development and growth and on top of that, its vital for the body to be able to repair itself. Without vitamin C, the cells wouldn’t be able to heal or grow and this would leave you very sick indeed.
Vitamin C also helps the body to for scar tissue and heal old wounds, maintain and repair things like your teeth, cartilage and bones, and without it, you’d have a hard time absorbing iron too. Increasing the amount of vitamin C you have in your diet is never a bad thing.
Vitamin A, another vitamin found in orange peel, plays another role in the body, allowing it to fight off infections by keeping the immune system fit and healthy, and it also helps to keep your skin healthy as well as letting you see better in the dark.
Calcium, as we are all very well aware, is important for healthy bones and teeth and in fact, this is the most abundantly found mineral in your body. If you have a diet lacking in calcium, your central nervous system won’t function as well as it should, your muscle won’t work properly, your blot won’t clot as it should and your teeth and bones won’t be healthy and are likely to become brittle and break.
The amount of fiber you will get from just the smallest amount of orange peel will be enough to keep your digestive system healthy, encouraging the removal of waste products and also encouraging your body to digest food better and more efficiently. Fiber is important in your diet and so many people do not have enough fiber in theirs. Adding orange peel to your foods is just a quick way to boost the amount you’re eating.
There have been links made between eating orange peels and the reduction of risks of a number of medical conditions, mostly because of the nigh nutritional value. As well as containing antioxidants which have been shown to fight back against cancers and in some cases, even prevent them. The high-fiber content can help with weight loss and better digestion as we have discussed, and the boost to your immune system with a healthy dose of vitamin C and A means that your immune system will be working hard to ensure you don’t get sick.
Perhaps it’s about time you started looking at using more orange peel in your recipes?