Ripe is Better

Did you know that ripe fruits contain more antioxidants? This is because the breakdown of chlorophyll produces health boosting antioxidants called catabolytes. Chlorophyll is what makes the color of unripe fruits. For so long, nobody knew what happens to the chlorophyll in this process, but in a recent study, it was known that NCCs [nonfluorescing chlorophyll catabolytes] replace the chlorophyll in ripe fruits. NCC is a highly active antioxidant and can be found in the peel or the flesh nearest to the peel. Now I know why my mom always tell us to eat the peel of an apple or a pear. To simply put it, when the fruit is still raw, the chlorophyll decomposes and turns into any other color when it ripens.



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15 comments:

JesieBlogJourney said...

Liza,
I remember my school teacher used to tell us that we find the most vitamin C immediately under the skin of a cucumber.

As much as I love to eat fruits skin or peel, I hate to see them coated with wax. So I'm planting some cucumbers now.

List Mama said...

Wow! Great to know. Thanks!

Jen
http://www.ListPlanIt.com

DineometerDeb said...

Ripe fruit would be great but in the US fruit is often sour because it is picked early so it can sit on a shelf for a long time.

Tina said...

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Waterrose said...

There was something on the news last week about eating bananas while they are still a bit green. Supposedly it helps reduce calorie absorption.

Vannie said...

great info mama Liza, i still prefer green mangoes though! ahahahaha

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The Mommy and Me Boutique said...

Liza, thank you for visiting my blog. It is always so nice to "meet" new friends. I love the idea of the potted herb garden. Where is your located? Thanks.
http://themommyandmeboutique.blogspot.

The Mommy and Me Boutique said...

Liza, thank you for visiting my blog. It is always so nice to "meet" new friends. I love the idea of the potted herb garden. Where is your located? Thanks.

Jason said...

Thanks for the great information. Do you have a link to the report you got this information from?

The Mommy and Me Boutique said...

Liza,thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment about widgets . I greatly appreciate. (I am from California, USA).

Petula Wright said...

Interesting! Thanks for the post.

HAVENLEI said...

Really? Thanks for sharing this!

agnes at Precious Moments said...

I always peel the skin off the fruits because of the wax. Great if fresh from own garden but I haven't got one :( thanks foe sharing.

Erica @ Cook Quick Easy Recipes said...

Thanks for sharing. I usually eat the skin of the fruit or juice it so it's good to know about the added benefits.

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

hi liza! thanks for sharing! usually i love my fruits peeled becasue of all the chemical residue on the skin.

Jean Chia

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