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Can you eat the skin of a sweet potato?

I know you can and it is healthy to eat the skin of a white potato. Is it healthy or is it bad to eat the skin of a sweet potato? qwe
Asked by Sam Montana on Sep 30, 2009

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John Dillinger   L2: Contributor   31 answers   +16 votes
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 Yes you may eat the skin, just be sure to wash it, sometimes they're a bit dirty.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009
Lauren Kattuah   L3: Expert   41 answers   +18 votes
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yes of course you can eat the skin of a sweet potato

Posted on Sep 2, 2010
Peter Bilton   L5: Authority   24 answers   +18 votes
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Sweet potato skin tends to be a little thicker and less appetizing than say a red bliss, which gives a light crispy skin when cooked. Thats why the skin of a sweet potato is usually removed. But from a nutritional or health point of view I would think eating a sweet potatoe's skin is no different than eating a white or red potato skin. Having said that I would scub them first and cook them in such a way that the skin is crispy, such as baking. Brush the skins with olive or canola oil and season them first.   

Posted on Sep 2, 2010
Londis Carpenter   L4: Guide   15 answers   +19 votes
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very healthy and very tasty

Posted on Sep 2, 2010
Natalie Begil   L2: Contributor   183 answers   +67 votes
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When it comes to eating the skins of potatoes you need to be careful. I h ave heard that eating the green parts of the potatoes is bad and can make you sick. Be usre to scrub the outside of the potato very well and remove any of the parts that are not healthy for you. Once you have done that, you should be able to eat the skins of potatoes and everything else be fine.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010
Linda Smith   L4: Guide   78 answers   +39 votes
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I take sweet potatoes and yams, remove the eyes and then cut off the ends, and wash them. Afterwards, I lay them on a piece of aluminum foil, in the oven, and bake just like a regular potatoe. It ususally takes longer for sweet potatoes and yams to bake. Unlike white or red potatoes, you must cut at least one of the ends off, otherwise your sweet potatoe or yam will explode.  Add a bit of butter, maybe cinnamon, and there you go, a delicious baked potatoe.  Sweet potatoes and yams when baked do not need as much butter or margarine as regular potatoes do. As long as the skin is mixed well with the potatoe, everything is fine. However, you can eat the regular potatoe skins by themselves. Sweet potates and yams have a bitter taste if not mixed with the meat of the potatoe.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011
Sarah Parker   L2: Contributor   10 answers   +5 votes
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Yes, you can eat the skin. In fact, the skins are an excellent source of fiber and beta carotene, along with other anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Steaming the sweet potatoes is the best option to retain the nutrients. Also, remember that the beta carotene is fat soluble and will be absorbed and digest better with a little bit of fat. Olive oil is an excellent choice of fat to accompany sweet potatoes!

Posted on Apr 16, 2011
Roberta Baxter   L6: Pro   168 answers   +306 votes
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If you scrub the sweet pototo you can slice them thinly and broil them on the grill. They are delicious. Use tin foil so they don't go in your coals or on the grill rocks. Cook them to the doneness you like.

Posted on May 26, 2011
Peter Bilton   L5: Authority   24 answers   +18 votes
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knoji.com/the-sweet-potato-gastronomical-uses-and-nutrition

Posted on May 27, 2011
Maria Liza Salcedo   L2: Contributor   2 answers   +0 votes
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Some farmers uses chemicals on growing sorts of plants. However you wash it, still the chemical stays unless rinsed very well and with this way, no you can't. But planting own sweet potato and you know it is perfectly made or witout artificial chemical substance that won't harm individual, then yes you can eat the skin of it. You can try potato chips or mojos without peeling it.

Posted on May 27, 2011

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