5 Vegetables You Can Eat Without Peeling

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Most people peel off their veggies before eating them, but this step is not necessary for all of them. Certain vegetables can be eaten with their skin on if you like them better that way—and these five fall under that category.


Cucumbers are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants—but you should leave the skin on to reap all these benefits. Just remember to wash their waxy layer well.


Zucchini contains more than 90% water and most of its nutrients are packed in their skin. The same goes for eggplant, so you should really consider eating them as they are.


Potato skin is much more nutritious than the interior of the potato. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber—and that’s why you shouldn’t peel your potatoes off before cooking them and thoroughly wash them instead.

Raw Beets

Just like potatoes, raw beets can be eaten with their skin on, as long as you give them a good scrub before adding them to your salads and other dishes.


You’re probably eating fresh tomatoes with their skin on already, but you don’t even have to peel them off when you’re cooking them because they’ll be much more nutritious this way.