As a post-weightlifting session muscle refuel, I usually have a scoop of IsaPro organic whey protein, 1 scoop of IsaGreens, BCAA’s (Branch Chain Amino Acids) and a fruit for “quick sugar” which gives a sugar spike which helps get the protein to the muscles faster. Lately I’ve chosen kiwi as I love the little green fruit and wouldn’t normally make the time to eat it. This morning after struggling to scoop out the juicy green goodness from the skin, I asked on Facebook whether there is a kiwi peeler out there. Within a minute I had two of my friends to tell me to eat the skin. Huh? Well, I did a Google search and found this article on the Livestrong.com website on this very subject. Just like apples and many other fruits and vegetables, most of the nutrients are in the skin!!!
Should You Eat the Skin of a Kiwifruit?
Kiwifruit has a colorful green interior and a furry brown skin. You may have seen it only as a minimal addition to the top of a fruit salad. But this under-appreciated fruit is actually very nutritious. Clinical nutrition specialist Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., in his book, “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” regards kiwifruit as one of the most healthy fruits you can eat. And, yes … you should eat the skin, as it is actually good for you.
You should eat the skin of a kiwifruit, because most of the 2.1 g of dietary fiber in a medium-size kiwi is in the skin. Dr. Bowden suggests washing the skin of your kiwifruit before eating it. But unlike other fruits such as apples, there is no need to buy organic kiwifruit to avoid pesticides. In 2003, the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit consumer protection agency, listed kiwifruit among 12 foods that are least contaminated by pesticides and herbicides. (Click here for full article and more information).