Are sweet potato skins edible?

Sweet potato skins are both edible and healthy. In this video, Christa McQuate, MD, a family practice doctor at Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals, reveals the nutritional benefits.
Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
Absolutely! Just make sure that you have washed and scrubbed the sweet potato thoroughly before using it in recipes. Keeping the skin on helps retain the nutrients and enhances the nutritional quality. 
Lona Sandon
Nutrition & Dietetics
Yes, the skin of a sweet potato is edible. Eating the skin will add more nutrition to your plate such as fiber and potassium. Also baking them is a better choice than boiling. Boiling can cause water soluble nutrients to be lost. 

Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for keeping your eyes and skin healthy. Since vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, adding some healthy fat such as olive oil to your sweet potato can help you absorb more vitamin A. 

My favorite way to eat sweet potatoes are baked and topped with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped walnuts, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Jackie Newgent
Nutrition & Dietetics
Absolutely, sweet potato skins are edible. It's also good to know that most of the sweet potato nutrients are preserved when prepared and eaten with the skin.

Bonus tips, especially when eating skin-on produce:
  1. When possible, go organic.
  2. Gently scrub produce with a vegetable brush in cool water.
  3. Use a 100% natural fruit and vegetable wash (produce rinse) for even cleaner produce.

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