2. Orange Peel
According to LiveStrong, orange peels are full of “riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, folate, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin B5…[plus minerals including] 10 mg of calcium along with small amounts of iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and selenium”.
It’s no wonder orange peels are considered so healthy, take a look at all those essential vitamins and minerals!
But orange peels also contain “nobiletin, a type of polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs), compounds which are found to exert positive effects on the heart. These compounds lower your risk of heart disease and inflammation in addition to lowering the [bad] blood cholesterol levels” or LDL.
Now I’m not suggesting that you peel an orange and eat the skin alongside the fruit. Instead, here are a few ways to use orange peels to grab these beneficial vitamins and minerals for yourself:
- I like to use orange zest in my oatmeal and even grate some into vinaigrettes for salads for a perfect burst of citrus flavor.
- Throw an entire orange, unpeeled, into a juicer.
- Chew orange peels to get rid of bad breath naturally.
- Boil the peel for around 15-20 minutes and drink it like a tea to cure a hangover.