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    I know regular potato skins are where the anti-nutrients and stuff are, but i'm pretty sure i've read somwhere that sweet potato skins are harmless but i wanted to make sure.

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    Sweet potatoes are not actually from the same family as regular potatoes, and the skins are fine to eat.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by thepeanutbutterkid View Post
      I know regular potato skins are where the anti-nutrients and stuff are, but i'm pretty sure i've read somwhere that sweet potato skins are harmless but i wanted to make sure.
      Yup, they're fine. But, oddly enough, according to my brief research, they don't appear to add much value to the vegetable/tuber. Most of the potassium in the russet potato, for example, is in the skin, so I was surprised to find no mention of minerals concentrated in the skin of a sweet potato.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by acohn View Post
        Yup, they're fine. But, oddly enough, according to my brief research, they don't appear to add much value to the vegetable/tuber. Most of the potassium in the russet potato, for example, is in the skin, so I was surprised to find no mention of minerals concentrated in the skin of a sweet potato.
        I wasn't really looking for added nutritional benefit from the skins, i was just looking for confirmation that they were ok to eat so i can be lazy when making mashed sweet potatos and not have to scoop out the flesh and instead just mash the potato skin and all into a bowl after i cook it. saves time and clean up.

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        • #5
          "Traditionally, sweet potato and yam skins are removed before consumption, so I err on the side of caution and do the same. I doubt a bit of skin is going to hurt you, though, if you decide to eat it. Most of the anti-nutrients in potatoes can be found in the skin, and it seems logical to assume the same is true for yams and sweet potatoes.

          Read more: The Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes | Mark's Daily Apple
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          This was the first thing I ever read that made me wonder whether I should have been eating the skins all along. It hasn't killed me yet, but then neither did the grains I used to eat. (I have only been eating the orange sweet potatoes, not the true yams, or the others.)

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          • #6
            I've eaten the skins once or twice and I felt fine, but I am assuming that the sweet potato plant employs some defense against its roots being eaten, so I would shy away from eating their skins beyond occasionally.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tarek View Post
              I've eaten the skins once or twice and I felt fine, but I am assuming that the sweet potato plant employs some defense against its roots being eaten, so I would shy away from eating their skins beyond occasionally.
              This is the same logic that I use. Not based on any science, but my reasoning is that the inside has all of the good stuff stored for the plant and the main job of the skin is to protect the insides from attack by any and all bugs, bacteria, fungi, etc. The skin doesn't seem like an impressive physical barrier, so it makes sense that it would provide somewhat of a chemical barrier. Just speculating.

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              • #8
                Sweet Potatoes and yams have fungi growing almost on every single skin which also indent into the flesh, that fungi is toxic, even if you cook it, the toxins remain, it is strongly advisable to peel them and then simply steam for ~5mins and cooldown, that is their optimal cooking technique,
                besides, you Really do not want to eat the stuff which has been absorbed into the skin from the soil it was grown in, even if they were grown "organically"...
                Last edited by Hallucinogen; 02-17-2014, 07:53 AM.

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                • #9
                  I'm almost 50. Been eating Sweet potato (Kumara) all my life. With the skins on.

                  Delicious- especially when you roast them and the skins go all crunchy and almost burnt...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rueben View Post
                    I'm almost 50. Been eating Sweet potato (Kumara) all my life. With the skins on.

                    Delicious- especially when you roast them and the skins go all crunchy and almost burnt...
                    Yeah, i'm sure if your burn it enough then the skins REALLY Add the health benefits ! And fungi ? What fungi !
                    Make sure to use a flamethrower next time

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                    • #11
                      Stephen Guynet used to be anti potato skin but after one guy went on a whole potato diet without any side effects, he seems to have revised his stance. I've never noticed any harmful effects from eating potato skins. The only thing to be mindful of is that if the potatoes have been sitting in a warehouse for weeks and months they have been sprayed with chemicals.
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                      • #12
                        the issue i personally would have with them is the fibre feeding bad bacteria (i have sibo). also imo they taste like ....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by StrongCheck View Post
                          also imo they taste like ....
                          So I tell my kids
                          No negativity towards food, if you don't like it doesn't mean no one else does. Just leave it on the side of your plate
                          (Cause even at home there's peer pressure from siblings not to eat certain foods)

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                          • #14
                            I don't know about sweet potato skin, but I eat white potato skin when I bake mine. I just make sure to buy organic and wash thoroughly before preparation.

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