I use citrus abundantly in everything from beverages to snacks and entrees for health boosting flavor and a tangy acid profile. Lemons in particular are a great addition to your diet as an acid and calorie-free flavor profile and as a natural way to fight general illness, obesity and cancer!
However, if you limit that little lemon to its juice, did you know that you are probably throwing away the most important part every time you toss the peel in the compost? The lemon peel itself is actually packed with 10 times more vitamins and enzymes than the its juice! That little peel is packed with vitamin C, A, Fiber, Beta Carotene, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium to name a few. The peel is also rich with its own natural oil that can be used topically for beautiful, healthy skin and hair.
Here are 3 reasons why you should Save, Eat & Love Lemon Peels...
Boost Metabolism & Reduce Weight
A lemon a day could keep the fat away! Pectin is a compound found within the zest of a lemon and is know to help increase your metabolism and therefore reduce weight gain. It is also known for its ability to decrease the body's absorption of excessive amounts of sugar and fat. It also has natural detoxifying and anti-microbial properties which can help flush fat cells and reduce overall body weight.
Cancer Fighting Antioxidants
The antioxidants contained in lemon peels can be your secret cancer-fighting weapon as they help to eliminate toxic elements in the body (including carcinogenic ones) with help from unique elements called flavonoids, salvestrol, Q40 and Limonene found within the peel specifically. Add to that the high levels of vitamin C and its alkaline properties and you’ve got an arsenal of cancer fighting antioxidants that help to keep the development and division of cancerous cells at bay.
Better Immunity and Digestion
Your health begins in the gut! A properly working GI tract allows for proper digestion and absorption of the nutrients you eat which offer the body a better overall immune system. Lemon peels have been used in in chinese medicine to relieve bloating and distension as well as pain and cramping in the intestines. It also acts as a natural diuretic and increases circulation, can break up deposits in the digestive tract, kill intestinal worms and balance your pH levels.
Here are 3 ways to make lemon peel a staple in your day:
Freeze & grate
Take whole organic lemons and freeze them. Then grate the peel or use a zester to remove the peel and store in the freezer.
-As a spice
Boil & Infuse
Peel several organic lemons and boil them in filtered water OR heat a them in a sauce pan of coconut or olive oil. Cook for 30 minutes then strain the peels and save the liquid for use in recipes.