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Does sweet potato skin have the same nutritional value as the inside?

Answered on December 29, 2013
Created December 27, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Does sweet potato skin have the same nutritional value as the inside?

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on December 29, 2013
at 12:40 AM

Really? That's why it gives me a good amount of trouble with digestion... If I stick to minimal insoluble fiber and lots of soluble fiber I am as regular as one can be.

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on December 28, 2013
at 11:46 PM

dumb to you but smart to me haha

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on December 28, 2013
at 10:13 PM

That's dumb. Insoluble fiber is good for digestion.

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

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on December 28, 2013
at 05:19 PM

I agree completely Joanna every sweet potato I have ever eaten has been deskinned

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on December 28, 2013
at 04:28 PM

As long as its not 'worse' for you I don't mind. I just tend to buy the smaller ones cos they have more skin to potato ratio ;)

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on December 28, 2013
at 04:25 PM

I always assume they don't cos everything that tastes better is worse for you and I love the skin :P

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on December 29, 2013
at 06:21 PM

The skins of most root vegetables tend to carry significant nutrients and fibre.There is nothing dangerous or unhealthy about eating the skins of most root veggies. At least this is what I've always been lead to believe, and it's never let me down. Plus, the skins are tasty! :D

Last time I cut up sweet potatoes they didn't seem to have much of a skin like traditional potatoes, and didn't add or detract anything from their portion of the meal, which was simply them being cubed and roasted.

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on December 29, 2013
at 06:01 PM

Skins also contain the antinutrients, so avoid them. Especially from regular potatoes. Not sure how bad sweet potato skins are, since they're not nightshades, they won't have solanine, but still, likely not a good thing to eat.

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on December 28, 2013
at 02:21 AM

i always get rid of the skin because it's useless to me. just a big glob of insoluble fiber that i won't digest.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 28, 2013
at 10:13 PM

That's dumb. Insoluble fiber is good for digestion.

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

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on December 28, 2013
at 05:19 PM

I agree completely Joanna every sweet potato I have ever eaten has been deskinned

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on December 27, 2013
at 11:24 PM

I believe it provides the extra fiber. You can go nuts on the internet trying to actually find a true source of science analyzed data. I'd be curious to see actual nutrient data on the skins instead of the nebulous "has antioxidant activity".

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on December 28, 2013
at 04:28 PM

As long as its not 'worse' for you I don't mind. I just tend to buy the smaller ones cos they have more skin to potato ratio ;)

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on December 27, 2013
at 10:36 PM

I've always been under the assumption that the skins carry the bulk of the nutritional value.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/10/195592468/Eating-On-The-Wild-Side-A-Field-Guide-To-Nutritious-Food

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on December 28, 2013
at 04:25 PM

I always assume they don't cos everything that tastes better is worse for you and I love the skin :P

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