Health Value Of Eating Yummy Potato Skins

July 9, 2014

in BLOGS,Cancer,Diabetes,General,Health Protection,Weight Loss

potato-skins-antioxidants-glycemic-responseWhat value do you get from eating those yummy potato skins?

  • The skin has 50% of the antioxidant activity of the entire potato.
  • The fiber in the skin slows digestion to a healthier level thus lowering the glycemic response.

Unfortunately, treatment of most commercial potatoes with toxic anti-sprouting chemicals compromises the nutritional value of the potato.

I grew up eating potatoes at least once a day. Every dinner we had potatoes. They were either fried, boiled and mashed, or boiled and creamed. Occasionally we would have baked potatoes but that was rare. However except for the rare baked potato, the potatoes were always peeled so we seldom ate the skins.

Now we seldom have potatoes for dinner but when we do, I never peel them. Even for mashed potatoes I leave the skins on. What about you, do you eat the skins?

Watch this video. It will give you food for thought about commercial versus organic potatoes.

organic-pototoesMy Potato Project; The Importance of "Organic"


Do you eat organic potatoes? When you do, do you eat the skins? What is your favorite potato recipe?




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1 Takara Shelor July 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

I ALWAYS leave on the peel. Potatoes jjust aren't the same without them. I love potatoes and getting to enoy the peel just adds something wonderful. Thanks for a great article!

2 Pat Moon July 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Hello Takara,

Yes, I always leave the skins on potatoes no matter how I cook them. 

Your comment is appreciated.


3 Roslyn July 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm

We eat baked more frequently and scrub the skin for my consumption. Good to know I'm on the right track.

4 Pat Moon July 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm

As usual, Roslyn, you are on the right track. I also love those skins.

Thanks, Pat

5 Meryl Hershey Beck July 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm

This is great information to know. I tend to stay away from regular potatoes because of the lack of thier nutritional value overall.  Thank you for sharing. 

6 Pat Moon July 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Hi Meryl,

I do not eat many potatoes because there are more nutritious foods to chose from but do have them occasionally. I love them including the skins. Actually I really like the red potatoes. They are so delicious just boiled in a little water with the skins on.

Thanks for commenting.


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