Why You Should Never Throw Away Potato Peels

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Don’t throw away those potato peels, here are some great benefits for skin, hair and health.

Why You Should Never Throw Away Potato Peels

1. Skin Benefits

Potato peels are great natural bleaching agent. It a has potent bleaching properties that can reduce spots, lighten skin and get rid of tanning. Simply peel a potato and rub the inner surface of the peel on your skin. Make sure the peel is fresh and still has its moisture content. You can even add some lemon juice to the peel. The two ingredients will help bleach your skin. Allow the juice of the peel to stay on your face until it dries and then wash it off with some warm water. Potato slices can also be applied directly under the eyes to get rid of dark circles.

2. Remove Warts

Place the raw potato skin over your wart and cover it with a bandage to hold the potato in its place. Leave the potato bandage overnight and remove it the following morning. Repeat this for one week.

3. Natural hair coloring agent

Potato peels can be used as natural remedy to darken your hair color. The starch in potato peels acts as a colorant that naturally dye grey hair.

  • Remove the peels for five or six medium to large potatoes.
  • Put the peels in a cooking pot along with 2 cups of water. Bring the water to the boil and then reduce the heat and cook it for around 15-20 minutes.
  • Let the mixture cool down and then strain it over a large bowl. Throw away the peels and keep the water. Store the potato peel-infused water into a clean shampoo bottle.
  • Wash your hair as you usually do with moisturizing products. Allow the conditioner to sit for 1-2 minutes before washing it out. Now massage the potato peel water into your hair. Leave it and don’t wash it out. Repeat this treatment every day, or at least 2-3 times a week for a couple of weeks.

4. Nutritive Benefits

Potato skins are rich source of iron and potassium. A serving of four potato skins contains 628 milligrams of potassium, or 13 percent of your daily recommended intake. Potassium is a mineral that helps lower blood pressure and improve heart health. Potato skins also provide a source of iron. Iron helps metabolize proteins and plays a role in the production of hemoglobin and red blood cells. A serving of four potato skins boosts your iron intake by 4.9 milligrams, up to 60 percent of the recommended intake.

5. Blood Sugar Benefits

Leaving the skins on may also lower the effect of potatoes on your blood glucose levels, since the soluble fiber keeps digested food in your stomach longer and slows the rate at which simple sugars enter your bloodstream. Thus, lessens any after-meal rise in blood glucose levels.

6. Digestive Benefits

Potato peels are good natural sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber. These dietary fiber are necessary for normal bowel function and digestion.

7. Lowers blood cholesterol

The dietary fiber in potato skin decrease absorption of dietary cholesterol and thereby, lower the level of LDL cholesterol in your blood, reducing the risk for cardiovascular problems.

8. Vitamin-C

Potato along with its skin is one of a good source of antioxidant vitamin, vitamin-C. The skin of potato contributes 60 to 70 percent of the total vitamin C value. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps body develop stronger immune system and promote overall health.

Source: IFAI

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