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Peel Sweet Potatoes??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 01, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I have searched the threads and there is no definitive answer on whether to peel the skin of sweet potatoes (and maybe that's what I'll find).

I buy non-organic sweet potatoes as they are part of the "Clean 15", and usually just bake them coated in a bit of coconut oil. Simple to prep and they taste sooo good (add a little of cinnamon, butter and done).

BASICALLY: PEEL OR NOT TO PEEL? THAT IS THE QUESTION. Oh, and why or why not would be helpful. Thaaaaanks

BONUS: Peel non-organic cucumbers??

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on March 01, 2013
at 09:54 PM

The American food industry is so f... sorry... but seriously???

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on March 01, 2013
at 06:40 PM

@Matt - Yes, the FDA actually allows potatoes to be artificially colored red.

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on March 01, 2013
at 06:28 PM

Sweet potatoes are waxed and dyed? I don't think mine are (there's no waxy coating, they're actually sort of fuzzy like a peach).

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on March 01, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Conventionally grown has who-knows-what on the outside of them from the soil that has been treated year after year after year with who-knows-what. I would peel them.

I typically peel organic sweet potatoes, too, because it is a texture thing. My family likes creamy, mashed sweet potatoes and the skin kills the creamy texture. If I'm making a hash and feeling lazy, I won't peel them.

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on March 01, 2013
at 05:32 PM

Wattup Desmondddddd.

Anyway, to answer your question, conventionally grown sweet potatoes are known to be treated with dye or wax. And of course, in and around the skin are where most of the anti-nutrients (such as trypsin inhibitors) and toxins are located. Everyone talks about how the peel houses a lot of vitamins/fiber/etc but I don't find any evidence that the skin has any significant nutrients but I have on occasion eaten the skin but sometimes I find it too bitter. Nonetheless, a majority of the time, I peel my sweet potatoes, organic or not BUT it's definitely not the worst thing you could be eating. Here's an old thread about it:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/1643/potatoes-eat-the-skin-or-no#axzz2MJFITN8C

I'd probably give the same answer for cucumbers; both conventional and organic cucumbers may have been waxed but a lot of people say that the skin of cucumbers is the most nutritionally dense part since if you remove the skin, a cucumber is pretty much all agua. If you're not gonna peel the cucumber skin off, I'd at least vigorously wash it before eating.

It's all a matter of personal preference.

977d98d9ee4a3edba0141c0b3aa018a7

(243)

on March 01, 2013
at 09:54 PM

The American food industry is so f... sorry... but seriously???

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 01, 2013
at 06:28 PM

Sweet potatoes are waxed and dyed? I don't think mine are (there's no waxy coating, they're actually sort of fuzzy like a peach).

Medium avatar

(10663)

on March 01, 2013
at 06:40 PM

@Matt - Yes, the FDA actually allows potatoes to be artificially colored red.

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on March 02, 2013
at 12:03 AM

I peel non-organic sweet potatoes 90% of the time.

Cucumber I ALWAYS peel unless I've grown it myself or know personally who grew it.. all sorts of weird wax and crap gets put on those. (I used to be in horticulture and even the greenhouse growers put stuff on; they said it was harmless and edible but wouldn't show me the label)

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on March 01, 2013
at 06:06 PM

Sometimes I eat my sweet potatoes with the skin on, and sometimes I don't. I would say the peels are mostly safe to eat, but if you are worried about it, just pay attention to how you respond when eating them. Maybe do a comparison between how you feel when you eat them both ways. Lately, I have been coating the potatoes in olive oil and baking them, then I cut them up into small sections, skin included, mash in butter and cinnamon, and enjoy. I like the texture that the skin provides. If you are eating Paleo/Primal you will probably be limiting your consumption of sweet potatoes, so the amount of skin you eat in a week or month shouldn't be of much concern.

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