Is it ok to eat the skins of sweet potatas and yukon gold potatas?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM

mark sassoon warns of the dangers of glycoalkaloids but i've also heard a lot of nutrients are concentrated in the skins of potatas. i could refrain from eating sweet potata skins but it would be a pain to peel yukon golds.

what do you guys think?



on December 15, 2012
at 03:36 AM

You say potato I say potata!

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on December 15, 2012
at 12:10 AM

+1 for mark SASSOON and POTATAS. made my day.



on December 14, 2012
at 10:41 PM

I dunno -- rabbits are fluffy and some people find them infinitely appetizing. Yum.



on December 14, 2012
at 10:00 PM

fluffy.. that's cute. but totally unappetizing.



on December 14, 2012
at 06:18 PM

those round fluffy things that grow in ground



on December 14, 2012
at 05:35 PM

What are potatas?

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on December 14, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I baked a Yukon Gold last night and ate it, skin and all. I normally don't do this, but I don't see how it could be harmful on occasion. Danger involves things like hurricanes, jealous husbands, running with scissors. Potatoes (with or without skins) are just food. Eat them, or don't. Peel them, or don't.

I like Mark Sisson a lot, but he is in the business of warning of things, so it doesn't surprise me that he is warning of something. I don't think that a diet of Yukon Gold peels would be advisable, but I think they are probably pretty harmless, as often as they may turn up on your dinner plate.

Remember, Sassoon was a British warrior poet during the first world war. Sisson is a modern day cave man who lives in California. Sassoon probably would have had a different take on danger as well.

Have a nice weekend. Enjoy your taters.



on December 14, 2012
at 05:06 PM

hey man, why do you keep calling him "sassoon" instead of sisson? like in your insulin resistance question.

anyway, i think that since most traditional cultures remove the skins, there is probably some wisdom in that. and even skinless, they contain plenty of nutrients. if potatoes are handled properly (away from heat and sunlight), they really shouldn't develop antinutrients, but it can't hurt to peel them, if you're concerned about gut permeability.

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