An a-peeling way to lower skin cancer risk

orangesSeveral times a week I like to slice an organic orange thinly across the sections and eat some of the peel along with the slices.

Why eat citrus peel? Because a substance called d-limonene in citrus peels may help lower the risk of skin cancer.

And why organic? Some conventional citrus may have been genetically engineered to remove limonene, which is a bitter phytonutrient, in an effort to develop sweeter fruit for the consumer. In addition, if you’re eating citrus peels you’ll expose yourself to less pesticide residue if you eat organic.

Limonene has proven to be safe and to also have chemopreventive effects against other types of cancer, including breast cancer and colorectal cancer.

Another way I eat citrus peel is a cold grapefruit soup. I chop up a grapefruit, peel some of the fruit and toss it and some of the peel into a food processor or high-powered blender. A little honey will take the edge off it.