[QUOTE=Jesster;1044226]My dad was painting a house in the autumn and the lady who owned it said he could help himself to the apples that were in the orchard. They were Cox's Pippins, in season and quite delicious. He ate a load of them, cores and pips and all and later collapsed and his face went a bit blue and he had to be rushed to hospital.
He leaves apple cores nowadays..... :D[/QUOTE]
I always put the whole apple - core, skin, pips, the lot - through the juicer when I make carrot and apple juice. Haven't gone blue and collapsed YET....
Uh-huh. He ate A LOT of apples that day. A LOT.
Well, people died from drinking too much water as well. I doubt that makes apples a dangerous food, lol.
[QUOTE=BestBetter;1043753]Do you have any idea what kind of toxic fungicides, pesticides, and industrial waxes they coat fruits and vegetables with? I wouldn't want to put that nastiness into my body even once; it deserves the garbage! I read that all fruits and vegetables, even those labeled 'certified organic' are automatically sprayed with a bunch of fungicides at the U.S. border to prevent an accidental infestation.
If you were able to grow things in your garden, eating those outer coatings is still not a great idea because they are essentially all comprised of cellulose, which is indigestible and likely to give you digestive issues in the future. Plus, my understanding is that nutrition bound in cellulose is rendered unavailable, so even if you were able to shove all those peels down your pipes, you probably wouldn't actually be absorbing enough nutrition to make it worthwhile.
I fully support the composting suggestion, it seems like a much better way to not let those peels go to waste.[/QUOTE]
These are all really, really good points.