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dont-throw-away-these-veggie-parts-header2Why you should start being careful what fruits and veggies you toss out.

It's common knowledge that multiple servings of fruit and vegetables are required if you plan on maintaining a healthy diet. However, it might make more sense to stop throwing away parts of the fruit and vegetable that are full of nutritional benefits. Not only do we waste 25 to 33 percent of our food on a global scale, we're missing out on the most nutritious part of our meals.

What You Should Stop Throwing Away

Apple Peel

Inside the skin of an apple lies an antioxidant called quercetin. Not only does quercetin provide benefits to the upper respiratory system, as well as the human brain, it holds more fiber than the fleshy part of the fruit.

Pumpkin Seeds

Besides the finished product, carving pumpkins yields a nutritional benefit hidden within its seeds. By eating half a cup of pumpkin seeds, you can obtain the recommended daily dose of magnesium. This can help lower your risk or heart problems, ease the onset of osteoporosis and decrease the severity of headaches.

Turnip Greens

If you thought tossing the leftover greens into the garbage was right, you thought wrong. Turnip greens are loaded with Vitamin A and K. They are also an excellent source of fiber, potassium, and iron. Try adding them to smoothies or salad instead of the trash.


Watermelon Rinds

This festive summertime fruit also contains essential nutrients in its rind called L-citrulline. This nutrient is credited with aiding athletic performance and easing strains in muscles after a long workout. L-Citrullin can also absorb nitrogen within the blood.

Orange Peels

The nutrients within a peel of an orange may be capable of lowering cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs. The peel can also help decrease inflammation. Instead of gnawing on the orange's peel, grate the rind and flavor your favorite recipes with zest.

Beet Greens

Just like turnips, the greens of a beet contain a vast number of nutrients that help fight disease and maintain a healthy immune system. Instead of tossing them out, try cooking them down for some extra fiber, calcium, and iron.

By developing a different perspective on what we should eat and how we should eat it, especially when it comes to vegetables, we're able to help our bodies grow. Learning more about the essential nutrients within fruits and veggies can also broaden our horizons while we learn new recipes.

Next time, don't throw it away just because you think you can't eat it. Check out alternative uses for your food!

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