NHS doctor urges people to eat strawberry leaves and apple core for surprising benefits

NHS doctor urges people to eat strawberry leaves and apple core for surprising benefits
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An NHS doctor has urged people to not throw away certain parts of fruit and to instead, eat it.

Taking to TikTok, the NHS surgeon, Dr Karan Raj, shared his advice with his 5.3 million TikTok followers and explained that leaves and cores of some fruit have many benefits in them. And they can all help you live a happier and healthier life.

The health expert, who penned This Book May Save Your Life: Everyday Health Hacks to Worry Less and Live Better, said: "If you're eating strawberries, eat the leaves as well. A strawberry topped with leaves is known as a CALYX and has a nutritional value on par with the berry itself."

He goes on to explain that the green bits we all avoid are packed with polyphenols which are said to be antioxidants with the leaves containing almost as much vitamin C as the berry.

The tops of the berry - which is often discarded with the leaves - also is great to consume as it contains magnesium and some fibre.

It doesn't stop there with the doctor also noting that the stems of broccoli and the leaves of a radish also have many benefits and you shouldn't bin them.

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When it comes to apples, he also urges people to eat the core. He explains: "Make sure you eat the apple core as well.

"Most of the good bacteria or beneficial probiotics which are found in the apple and which are good for your gut health are actually in the apple core rather than the flesh or the skin of the fruit.

He adds: "Eating the apple core also increases your intake of prebiotic fibers and reduces food waste.

His suggestions come as he also said you should not bin orange peel. When eating an orange, don't discard the orange peel. You probably don't want to eat these directly but you can use the zest for extra nutrition."

He highlighted: "The orange peel itself is rich in a soluble dietary fibre called pectin. The peels contain high levels of Vitamin C - sometimes as much as, if not more, the flesh of the fruit itself.

The doctor added: "The peel contains carotenoids and polyphenols which are anti-inflammatory compounds. For example, you can have it as a topping on ice creams or even with cakes or yoghurt."

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