Large percent of the food in the States ends up in a trashcan.
What is even worse, people throw away the healthiest and tastiest part of the food, and just a tiny percent of it ends up being a compost.
Colored parts of fruits and veggies are highest in nutrients. You may ant to read this article before getting rid of those onion skins.
Onion skin is something we would not want to eat, but it is abundant in quercetin, an antioxidant that decreases high blood pressure and prevents arteriosclerosis.
Darker color means higher phytonutrient density
We tend to get rid of the very parts of a vegetable that is as nutritious as the parts we like to eat. Have we become too picky about the way our food looks? For instance, broccoli and celery leaves have a lot more fiber and vitamins that the stalks.
Moreover, plants absorb the sunlight they need for photosynthesis using their leaves. The same applies to beet and carrot leaves. Even the tiniest amount of these greens can do much more than any other food. Steam cook kale and chard leave, and voilà, they are super chewy and easy to eat. Add garlic and lemon juice to boost their flavor and health benefits.
This will also help you prevent the development of tumors and decrease both cholesterol and sugar.
Love your food and it will love you back
Why do fruit skins always end up in your trashcan? Let’s take citrus peels for example. If you are making lemon or orange juice, why not adding their peel to it? Your juice may taste a bit bitter, but you will get the best of these fruit – their healthy pigments.
Peel an orange and add the peel to your favorite smoothie, or just add a bit of the peel to a glass of water and eat it after you drink your water. You will have a fresher breath and a lots of fiber, vitamin C, and phenols.
These antimicrobials detoxify cells, making them free of toxic metals and safe from oxidative stress. Peels also eliminate toxins from your water.
Melon peels are rich in amino acids, which works great in the treatment of easy erectile dysfunction.
Scrub them well and add them to your juicer along with other fruits and veggies of your choice for higher fiber content and better taste.
Start over again
The very same veggie edges that you throw in the garbage are the ones that will give you new plants. Root scallions and leeks in water, and grow ginger and potatoes in pots!
Hope you will see thing a lot clearer. Add stems, leaves and roots to your meals. Combine them with other foods and no one will ever realize that you have added some peels to their food. As simple as that! Make yourself a favor and eat well!