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What about potato skin?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 29, 2012 at 7:57 AM

So you know how it's common knowledge that the bulk of nutrients in things like apples and pears, how about potato? My family eat a lot of peeled and steamed potato, and I always eat pumpkin instead. But I was wondering if it would be worthwhile taking the potato peelings, fry them up in some duck fat and eat that?

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on November 04, 2012
at 03:28 AM

IDK about the rest of those, but its worth noting goitergens are cooked out.

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on November 01, 2012
at 10:54 AM

You can't remember? Can't you do a quick google check and provide a more informative answer?

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on October 30, 2012
at 07:30 AM

Sry to disappoint you, but sweet potatoes have defense machanisms as well, such as trypsin inhibitors, goitrogens and antimicrobial substances and I guess at least some of them are stored in the skin. This will be the same with every tuber that contains a lot of energy, it just wouldn't be economic for the plant not to protect them.

8d3cb0be5f31c75a05f853cb3b5c245a

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on October 29, 2012
at 10:04 PM

yeah, it's one of those things that I should be better about checking. it feels like there are so many things we can't eat for startch, and how bad can potatoes be! but just goes to show you, a lot of times, vegetables can have more toxins than animal products. (this is a perfecthealthdiet/chris kresser theme). I feel like as a kid, with a mom who bought tons of potatoes for cheap, I definitely ate some greenish potatoes. ah well.

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on October 29, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Awesome, thanks for the info. I didn't realise the toxic content of potatoes, I pretty much thought they were avoided in paleo eating due to the high glycemic index.

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on October 29, 2012
at 07:07 PM

mmmm somehow the act of peeling potatoes by hand then adding copious amounts of butter sounds way more tasty than boiled buttered potatoes.

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on October 29, 2012
at 11:15 AM

Interesting hadnt thought about this. Thats the whole reason we avoid the green bits (solanine). Thats sad, makes them less nutritious. I dont think this would apply to sweet potatoes, they arent nightshades..

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:54 AM

So you are saying eating the skin is NOT advisable? Is that the case with all potatoes, sweet included?

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E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:32 AM

I guess the main reason why you should peel them is the glycoalkaloids in the skin. Saponin and solanine and other defense machanisms are concentrated there.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:54 AM

So you are saying eating the skin is NOT advisable? Is that the case with all potatoes, sweet included?

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 29, 2012
at 11:15 AM

Interesting hadnt thought about this. Thats the whole reason we avoid the green bits (solanine). Thats sad, makes them less nutritious. I dont think this would apply to sweet potatoes, they arent nightshades..

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on October 30, 2012
at 07:30 AM

Sry to disappoint you, but sweet potatoes have defense machanisms as well, such as trypsin inhibitors, goitrogens and antimicrobial substances and I guess at least some of them are stored in the skin. This will be the same with every tuber that contains a lot of energy, it just wouldn't be economic for the plant not to protect them.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on November 04, 2012
at 03:28 AM

IDK about the rest of those, but its worth noting goitergens are cooked out.

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8d3cb0be5f31c75a05f853cb3b5c245a

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on October 29, 2012
at 01:17 PM

see this thread:

"Fungal infections, lectins etc.. I would encourage you to still peel your sweet potatoes"

For more Paleo Diet hacks: Why are sweet potatoes better than regular potatoes? - PaleoHacks.com http://paleohacks.com/questions/18825/why-are-sweet-potatoes-better-than-regular-potatoes#ixzz2Ah3ejGDN

Also:

"Glycoalkaloids are why you can't eat white potatoes raw. It's why green white potatoes are scary. Absolutely always peel your white potatoes.

As you can see on the charts, some of the skins are low in glycoalkanoids, not something I'd risk, many of us that are clearly gluten intolerant, used to eat gluten with no "apparent" discomfort... People have died from glycoalkanoids, the US govt tightly regulates it now" (Stephen-Aegis) For more Paleo Diet hacks: Why are sweet potatoes better than regular potatoes? - PaleoHacks.com http://paleohacks.com/questions/18825/why-are-sweet-potatoes-better-than-regular-potatoes#ixzz2Ah49KhjV

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

(1022)

on October 29, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Awesome, thanks for the info. I didn't realise the toxic content of potatoes, I pretty much thought they were avoided in paleo eating due to the high glycemic index.

8d3cb0be5f31c75a05f853cb3b5c245a

(1601)

on October 29, 2012
at 10:04 PM

yeah, it's one of those things that I should be better about checking. it feels like there are so many things we can't eat for startch, and how bad can potatoes be! but just goes to show you, a lot of times, vegetables can have more toxins than animal products. (this is a perfecthealthdiet/chris kresser theme). I feel like as a kid, with a mom who bought tons of potatoes for cheap, I definitely ate some greenish potatoes. ah well.

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Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:04 AM

I cant remember whether potatoes have potassium, or some other mineral, but its primarily in the peels. I always eat unpeeled potatoes now.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 01, 2012
at 10:54 AM

You can't remember? Can't you do a quick google check and provide a more informative answer?

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on October 29, 2012
at 04:23 PM

As a personal preference, I love oven-baked potatoes with crisp skin. As long as I can't see any green tones in the skin, I munch it happily. As a kid, the family staple was potatoes boiled in the skins, which we peeled at the table before adding generous amounts of butter.

8d3cb0be5f31c75a05f853cb3b5c245a

(1601)

on October 29, 2012
at 07:07 PM

mmmm somehow the act of peeling potatoes by hand then adding copious amounts of butter sounds way more tasty than boiled buttered potatoes.

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