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Potato Peel Antitoxins Health Benefits

Updated on January 4, 2015
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Potato Peels or Skins Are Healthy

Many people do not realize the health values of potato peels. There are many vitamins nutrients, fiber and antitoxins in the skin that people tend to peel and throw away. Eating the peel can help with the protection against cancer and heart disease.

Vitamins in the peel

Vitamins and minerals that are in potatoes as well as potato skins are vitamin C and B6, potassium, manganese and copper. When leaving the skin on the potato when cooking it you are keeping the nutrients in the potato itself.

Save Time by Not Peeling Those Potaotes

When I prepare mashed potatoes I always scrub the potatoes really well and very rarely do I ever peel them. A great benefit of doing this other than the healthy aspect of it is that you save so much time. The peel mashes up just as well as the actual potato. When adding to soups and stews I chop them up just like any other vegetable leaving the peels on.

Healthy Fries

There are so many ways in which you can prepare potatoes to enjoy them and reap the healthy benefits. French fries and baked potatoes loaded with butter and sour cream do not fall under the healthy way in which to eat this vegetable. Whenever I crave French fries I use the following recipe.


Oven Fries

 

4 Large potatoes (do not peel)

8 cups ice water

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp white pepper (optional)

¼ tsp allspice

1 tbsp olive oil

 

Scrub potatoes and cut into ½” strips.  Place the strips into a large bowl with your ice water, cover, and chill for about an hour.

Pre-heat oven to 475 F Remove the strips and dry well with paper towels. Put all the spices into a plastic bag and shake to mix. Put potato strips into a bowl and coat with oil. Add the potatoes to the plastic bag with the spices and shake to make sure that the strips are well coated. Place on a non-stick shallow pan and cover with foil and cook for 15 minutes. Remove foil and turn strips over, then continue to bake for another 15 – 20 minutes.

 

 

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Audrey, Way easier to make potatoes without having to peel them.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Yum!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Susan,thanks for adding the link to my hub. This is a different way to make fries and it sure is a healthier way.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      rajan, Thank you, I have included a link to your potato hub as well. Hope that you enjoy the fries.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Susan, that's a useful hub on potatoes and great to know you keep the peels on while cooking them.

      I'll be sharing your hub link in my hub on benefits of potatoes.

      Thanks for sharing this info and the oven fries recipe needs to be tried soon.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Victoria, Thank you for the link. Quite a few years ago I did some research on potato peels as I always ate the peel when I made baked potatoes. When I found out all the nutrients that are in the peel, I stopped peeling them all together. I like the time it saves in the kitchen too, when making large family dinners.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You are now on my hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Voted up, useful, and awesome! I rarely peel potatoes, unless they have bad spots. I'm going to link your hub to my mashed potatoes hub that lists potatoes WITH peels to show folks that it really IS healthier. Great hub.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      katrinasui hope you enjoy the recipe. Let me know if you liked it.

      Alicia and Dr irum thanks so much for your comments and coming by to read.

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      Dr irum 6 years ago

      Nice recipe , everyone loves potato dishes .

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I always eat potatoes with the peels on to obtain the nutrients that you describe. I love French fries too, so thank you for the healthy recipe!

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      I love potatoes so i think i should try this recipe. Thanks Susan for sharing such a great recipe.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much gmmurgirl I myself started keeping the peels on about two years ago even on potato salad.

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      Geisha M 6 years ago from Pilipinas

      Hi, I never realized I have been throwing away all the good things. My son loves potatoes so much and eats any recipe of it, sadly I threw th peel each time. Thanks for the great information. Love this hub! - gmmurgirl

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