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JJR
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I used to never peel my foods.  And would just eat them.  Well, ones that have supposed edible skins.  Like zucchini, cucumber, potatoes, sweet potatoes, even kiwi.  Of course I don't eat the peels of like grapefruit or acorn butternut squash.  I was eating sweet potato skins though.  I have read that there are nutrients in them that you don't get in the meat.

And then because I'm going through a questioning stage of germs and such, I'm peeling everything.  Except I did eat the peels on my yukon Gold potatoes.  They're so thin.  But my apples, sweet potatoes, zucchini, even the plums I ate the other day.  Now my kiwi.  Etc.  Etc, on and on.  And I don't think I'm any worse for the wear.  In fact, I suspect it might even be a good thing.  But I'm not sure.  

On the one hand there may be fiber and nutrients I'm missing.  Although I'm going regularly.  And I have never washed my veggies with any kind of veggie soap.  And a gal from church had suggested this helped her.  And even Dr.D says to in the swami info I think.  I would always run something under water.  But I never found a veggie wash.  That just seems gross to me.  Soap on the food you're going to eat?????  So, peeling seems to be the best option at this point.  And I see lots of peeling going on in cooking shows.  And I think classically it has been done.  And I'm like, well maybe I was just dumb and doing it all wrong before.  

What do you guys think?  What do you do?  Have you studied this?  Do you think it makes a difference?  I think policy checker suggested a long time ago that we get too much fiber and peeling is good.  And I was kind of blown away by that statement back then, thinking it was a little strange.  I'm not sure what I think about that still, but I'm wondering what everyone's thought are.  

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My mother thinks I should soak the fruit & veggies for an hour or so in a water bath with a few drops of Grape Fruit Seed extract to kill the bacteria ...

Also she thinks I should scrub the produce up with a brush.

After this treatment one is is not supposed to need to peel.

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I peel what have unpleasant skin like potato and kiwi and wash with plain water the rest !
think to toddlers with the hands allover always on the ground!  You cannot avoid germs, just  wash  to diminish them and keep a good immune system.  and As have low stomac acid to defend themselves. I ate in Turkey and in Morocco without big problems. just using a pro-biotic all the trip to prevent big issues. It worked !


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My mother thinks I should soak the fruit & veggies for an hour or so in a water bath with a few drops of Grape Fruit Seed extract to kill the bacteria ...

Also she thinks I should scrub the produce up with a brush.

After this treatment one is is not supposed to need to peel.

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Wow!  So you follow that protocol some of the time?  I'm nowhere's near that!!!  So do you do that with apples?  I mean, most people just eat an apple the way it is.  And I used to also.  But not lately.

Plus another thing, if non organic, there's probably pesticides in the skin.  Yeah, there's some inside too, but I would think a lot of it would be on the outside.



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As far as peeling being done in classic cooking and on cooking shows, I think this is done for a more elegant presentation - the veggies just look prettier. But there are many instances where one might choose a more rustic look and texture to the vegetables, and leave them unpeeled.

I rinse and wipe veggies that have a smooth peel, such as zucchini, but carrots for example, get scrubbed with a coarse pad or brush. Sometimes I'll use a tiny drop of soap, but that really just depends on my mood and where the produce was purchased.

Bon appetit  


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Depends? Where has this food been.  In an open bin during flu season, I wash.  Out of my garden rinse and wipe.  


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I wash carrots using a brush under cool tap water.

When eating figs fresh from the tree, I make sure the skin is mostly clean or partially peel and eat.

Apricots or plums are firm enough that I can wash them, if needed to remove bird dropping or ???...

I peel (or juice) citrus from the tree.

My wife at one point thought many of my health issues were from my "lack of hygiene", but I think she has realized now that there were far more deep-seated problems than a few little bugs, etc. on some produce...


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Honestly, I don't think it matters much from a nutritional or food safety perspective. Most of it is a matter of preferences and what kind of texture you like your food to have. I suspect that's the reason behind most of the peeling on cooking shows- a smoother, more even texture in the final product. They also cut things in fancy ways, which really doesn't affect the flavor or nutrition, but looks pretty.

Food from the farmer's market tends to need a good scrubbing before preparing (a step I assume that supermarkets take before putting produce out for sale) because there tends to be more soil stuck to the outside of it. Water and friction (from my hands or a brush set aside for scrubbing veggies) is all they tend to need.

With things like potatoes (for the Bs), whether I peel or not depends on how fresh they are. A layer of green near the skin and some eyes growing? Yeah, those potatoes need to be peeled. Fresh potatoes, with thin skin? I'll save myself the trouble and just chop them up.

For many foods, it's a matter of texture preference. DD2 always peels her apples, but DD1 never does. DS won't eat cucumbers unless they're peeled first, so I peel them for him. I peel a lot of things for kids that don't necessarily *need* to be peeled, because  getting kids to eat fresh produce is more important than fighting over these details.


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I always peeled potatoes, carrots parsnips, sweet potato etc, have my whole life - I used to hear people saying that there were nutrients near the skin that made it advisable - perhaps this was true before insecticides and so on. perhaps in a famine.


I never peel courgettes, or any fruit, but i don't eat any other fibre, hardly any grain.

it is recommended that children peel all things due to heavy fibre load/ if your constitution is reduced i would eat that way too.

NB all our fruit and veg is organic,. if it wasn't i would peel everything.


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Once again, Ruthie and I have the same point of view.  Mostly, I use common sense.  I know that I'm not going to be able to remove systemic chemicals from the item, no matter what I do.  I also figure that most stores don't want a lawsuit from someone eating fecal matter on their produce, so I don't worry too much about that, either.

I don't peel all non-organic produce because I figure that that systemic stuff is all through the item anyway.  But then, I'm basically healthy, so I come from a different perspective.

I went through a phase of using veggie wash on my produce and all I can say is YUCK.  No matter how well I rinsed it, I could taste the Veggie Wash...and I'm a regular taster!  Same with soap.  Oh, and, forget it, I'm NOT rinsing my produce in a dilute wash of Clorox.  Nope.  Not gonna happen.


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I'm with you on the veggie wash.  It just seems like soap or any kind of thing like that on food is just not appetizing.  

Now, not to be disagreeable, but I realize that the pesticides are everywhere on the food, but you'd have to admit that there's probably more on the outside.  I mean, that's where the spray hits.  That seems like common sense to me too.  And another thing, about stores getting sued and covering their butts.  Like any business, they do there best I'm sure.  But people get sick all the time without knowing the actual source.  Food poisoning has happened enough with disastrous results, much less all the cases that go unnoticed.  Some people we know's baby son ate some bad spinach once and he ended up in the hospital with his kidneys not working.  I guess he still doesn't have total function of them and needs check ups regularly.  I know this an extreme example, but it happens.  

One of the websites says some cucumbers have wax on them??????  I never knew that.  I know the rutubagas do.


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But English cucumbers don't have wax on them - they're the ones wrapped in plastic.


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I buy organic and don't peel anything.
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