Is It Healthy To Eat Kiwi Skin?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Is it healthy to eat kiwi skin? Eating the skin of kiwi is healthy because of the fiber, folate, and vitamin E content in it. Eating kiwi can increase your fiber content by 50%, boost folate by over 30% and increase Vitamin E concentration by 34% compared to just eating the flesh by itself.

Why is fiber from kiwi important? Because research studies have shown it will lower risk of the heart disease, cancer, diabetes.

Why is folate important? Because it is an important nutrient for cell growth and division.

Why is Vitamin E important? It is a fat-soluble vitamin that has strong antioxidant properties. It can help to keep your cells from preventing damage from free radicals.

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If you eat the skin, it will increase the nutrients by 35 to 50%. There are more antioxidants in the skin of the kiwi than the flesh. Some of the health benefits of eating kiwis are:

  • Helps to improve cholesterol levels- Studies have shown that eating 2 kiwis per day for 8 weeks increases heart healthy HDL cholesterol levels. And it decreases LDL cholesterol levels.
  • Increases immunity.
  • It helps to improve digestion.
  • Reduces constipation- Research studies show that fiber can help ease bowel movements.
  • Lowers blood pressure- Some studies have shown that eating 3 kiwis per day lowers blood pressure.

The Bottom Line is kiwi is a healthy fruit and most of the important nutrients are in the skin and not in the flesh. And those important nutrients are Vitamin E, fiber, and folate.

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