Sweet potatoes are ranked as the top nutritional vegetable by the US Center for Science in the Public Interest and we all know how versatile and tasty they can be. But do you peel off the skin, or leave it on? Does it contain any nutritional value? Apparently, it does! Here’s why you should eat your sweet potato skins!
The skin of the sweet potato contains many nutrients so don’t go peeling it off and chucking it away! It is high in fibre, just one medium-sized potato can provide more fibre than a serving of porridge – we’re talking 5grams! Fibre is important for many health factors – good digestive system, low cholesterol and regulating blood sugar too.
A baked sweet potatoes in its skin contains four times the recommended daily value of the antioxidant beta-carotene at 26081.9 international units per serving according to eMedTV. Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A in the body so it essential for healthy eyes and a strong immune system.It’s also better if you rub some olive oil into the skin as beta-carotene absorbs more thoroughly into the body when consumed with a small amount of fat. Sweet potatoes are actually considered to be a skin superfood. You know those pricey skin-care products which say they contain retinol and retinoic acid which is great for the elastic of your skin? Well, these are actually derived from Vitamin A! In fact, just one serving of a medium sweet potato can provide you with as much as 700% of the US RDA for Vitamin A.
Here is a gorgeous Stuffed Sweet Potato Skin Recipe for the perfect snack or even a healthy starter!
What you need:
2 sweet potatoes
butter or olive oil
some brie with rind removed or your favourite soft cheese
2 cup walnuts
What you do:
Preheat the oven to 180c. Wash the skin of your sweet potatoes. Put them in the oven to bake. They will take around 35 to 45 minutes.
Cut each potato in half. Scoop out the fleshy inside of the potatoes and reserve to use in another recipe. Season the inside of the skins with with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and drizzle with melted butter or olive oil.
Place the skins back in the oven and continue to bake for about 10 minutes, or until crispy
Take out and fill each skin with your soft cheese and crushed walnuts. Place the skins back in the oven until the cheese is bubbly, should take only around 5 minutes. Yum, Yum yummy!
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