The Power of the Peel

Healthy by choice not by chance

When you squeeze a lemon (or peel an orange), save the skin. Scientists at De Montfort University in the United Kingdom found that a compound in tangerine peel called salvestrol Q40 kills an enzyme that spurs the growth of human cancer cells.  Previous research has shown that limonene, a compound found in lemon, orange and grapefruit peel, might also decrease cancer risk.  Zest the well-washed fruit (toss the bitter white pith) and add to soups, baked goods, yogurt or hot tea.

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