6 Amazing Benefits of Orange Peel

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Most people throw away the orange peel, but that could be a mistake, considering the many potential health benefits of this overlooked part of the citrus fruit.

What is Orange Peel?

Orange peel is the outer, slightly bumpy skin of the orange fruit, along with some of the white pith beneath it. This is arguably the best part of the fruit to consume, but few people do. The orange peel is high in certain phytochemicals, flavonoids, and other antioxidants, as well as providing vitamin A, B, C, copper, calcium, and magnesium. While eating the juicy fruit is the more common way to enjoy this fruit, there are a few ways to add the peel to your diet.

An orange peel, a knife and a partially peeled orange on a wooden board on a wooden surface

The essential oil of orange comes from its peel. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Dried orange peel is a popular means of eating this part of the fruit, and despite the bitter, tough taste when eaten raw, it can be prepared in various ways to make it more palatable. While there is no immediate risk of consuming the peel, you will want to be sure it is thoroughly cleaned, to avoid the potential presence of any pesticides or herbicides.

Nutrition Facts

Orange peel, raw
Serving Size :
Water [g]72.5
Energy 97
Energy [kJ]405
Protein [g]1.5
Total lipid (fat) [g]0.2
Ash [g]0.8
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]25
Fiber, total dietary [g]10.6
Calcium, Ca [mg]161
Iron, Fe [mg]0.8
Magnesium, Mg [mg]22
Phosphorus, P [mg]21
Potassium, K [mg]212
Sodium, Na [mg]3
Zinc, Zn [mg]0.25
Copper, Cu [mg]0.09
Selenium, Se [µg]1
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]136
Thiamin [mg]0.12
Riboflavin [mg]0.09
Niacin [mg]0.9
Pantothenic acid [mg]0.49
Vitamin B-6 [mg]0.18
Folate, total [µg]30
Folate, food [µg]30
Folate, DFE [µg]30
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]21
Vitamin A, IU [IU]420
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]0.25
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]0.02
14:0 [g]0
16:0 [g]0.02
18:0 [g]0
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]0.04
16:1 [g]0.01
18:1 [g]0.03
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]0.04
18:2 [g]0.03
18:3 [g]0.01
Phytosterols [mg]34
Sources include : USDA [1]

Orange Peel Benefits

There are quite a few benefits to eating an orange peel, including the following:

Skin Care

Packed with vitamin E and a number of unique antioxidants, applying the inner peels directly on the skin can clear up inflammatory conditions, while also helping to prevent wrinkles and age spots. [2]


The regulatory effect on the immune system caused by the active compounds in these peels can suppress allergic reactions and reduce the strain on your body’s defenses. [3]

Cardiovascular Health

With good levels of fiber and a wealth of different nutrients, eating these peels can provide a major boost to your cardiovascular health, helping to lower blood pressure and prevent the buildup of cholesterol. [4]


When drinking orange peel extract in tea, or in a powdered form, it can soothe inflammation in the respiratory tracts. [5]


The fiber content in the peels helps to stimulate normal bowel function and prevent constipation. [6]

Immune System

With vitamin C and various antioxidants, these peels are able to bolster the defenses of the immune system and protect against a wide range of pathogens and infections responsible for cold and flu. [7]

How to Use Orange Peel?

You can use orange peel in any number of ways, some of which are mentioned below.

  • Topically applying the peel to the skin
  • Boiling the peel into different sauces and stews.
  • Drying the peel, and then grinding it into a potent, concentrated powder that can be added to foods, beverages, and even bathwater for an invigorating scrub.
  • Brewing tea from these peels, as well as chewing on them directly for your oral health.

Side Effects of Orange Peel

Consuming an excessive amount of orange peel is never a good idea and cause side effects such as:

  • A headache
  • Problems with your vision
  • Bodily weakness.

One of the key ingredients in this peel is synephrine, which can have stimulant effects on the body. However, when that initial burst of energy passes, it can leave you feeling drained or tired. This is also the cause of the vision and headache problems. When first trying an orange peel, start with a small amount and closely monitor how your body reacts.

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About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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