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Throwing Away These 5 Food Scraps? You’re Missing Out on Powerful Nutrients

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Let’s Talk About Food Scraps!

Did you know that more than one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption every year is wasted? That accounts for approximately 1.3 billion tons of food.

To make matters worse, fruits and vegetables, all the healthy things we should be consuming, have the highest wastage rates of any type of food. Across America, food “scraps” are often trimmings, skins, and seeds tossed in the trash.

But we started researching these “waste products,” and we quickly found out that many of them actually serve as edible food parts with LOTS of nutritional value.

In fact, many ancient cultures, including Chinese medicine and Native American remedies, tapped the healthy compounds in some of the edible food scraps on our list.

Besides that, by using every aspect of the food, we can also help reduce food waste. In our country, organic waste is the second highest landfill component, serving as mega methane emitters.

And you won’t believe this: 30 to 40 percent of the food we buy in this country is wasted. That’s 20-plus pounds of food per person each month. It’s time we change our habits.

Learning more about edible food parts not only enhances your nutrient intake but also helps solve a waste problem, too. A win-win situation. So on that note, let’s dig in…Here are 5 food parts you should be eating, not wasting.

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