By consuming fruit and vegetable skins as on the acorn squash for example, you increase your fiber intake. There are two types of fiber – soluble and insoluble. Fiber from the outer skin and peels of fruits and veggies is predominantly insoluble fiber. The skins are carbohydrates that are not readily digested. Insoluble fiber is a valuable nutrient that aids weight management by filling you up more quickly, works as a natural laxative that helps move waste through the body, and helps to keep blood sugars within a normal range post meal. One half of a four inch acorn squash when eaten with the skin meets 12% of your daily fiber needs, 11% of vitamin A, contains only 86 calories, 32% of daily vitamin C, and trace amounts of other important vitamins and minerals.
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