Orange peels can be healthy as far as their nutrients go, but you might not want to make them part of your daily diet. Adding orange zest to recipes such as cookies and breads can offer a good way to add flavor and increase the calorie count only slightly. When eating plain peels, the tough orange peel will not be as juicy or sweet as the orange’s inner pulp and it can also come with a few health concerns.
A major concern with eating an orange peel is its origin. If you eat a non-organic orange peel, you could be eating a peel steeped in chemicals. Unless the orange came from a certified organic farm or orchard and displays a white and green USDA Certified Organic sticker, there is no way to know what types of chemical pesticides or herbicides invaded the peel. Certified organic farmers only use natural weed and pest control methods.