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Eating kiwi with skin is beneficial: Why and who needs it primarily

Eating kiwi with skin is beneficial: Why and who needs it primarily Why should you eat kiwi with the skin (photo:

Kiwi is one of the fruits that doesn't grow in Ukraine, yet it is very popular. Kiwi is sweet, refreshing, and healthy. This fruit is often added to salads and desserts, smoothies or juices, or simply eaten in slices.

Better Homes & Gardens explains why doctors recommend eating kiwi with its skin and who benefits from it.

Why it's worth eating kiwi with the skin on

Medical expert and culinary specialist from Test Kitchen, Sarah Brekke, says that peeling kiwi with a knife, peeler, or spoon is unnecessary because the thin skin of kiwi is actually edible and very beneficial.

Indeed, the fuzzy brown skin of this fruit is beneficial for human health.

The expert explains that many people find the hairy texture of kiwi skin unpleasant to eat. Besides its unique flavor, kiwi skin contains calcium oxalate crystals, also known as raphides, which can cause tiny scratches on the delicate skin inside the mouth. When the fruit's acidity comes into contact with these micro-scratches, it can cause a very uncomfortable burning sensation.

However, she still advises eating kiwi with the skin on if you're not bothered by such texture. Because this skin is rich in nutrients, such as fiber, folate, and vitamin E, as well as antioxidants and vitamin C.

And if you eat 1-2 kiwis with the skin on before bed, it can help you sleep better.

Who should avoid eating kiwi skin

Kiwi skin contains a lot of oxalates, which are natural compounds found in many plants, including leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

Sarah Brekke explains that people prone to kidney stones should peel kiwi before consumption because a large amount of oxalates can bind to calcium and promote increased kidney stone formation.

Earlier, we wrote about how to properly store fruits.

And we also talked about which fruits are not advisable to eat at night.

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