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    Sweet Potato: Boiled vs. Baked?

    Hey folks I'm just curious if sweet potatoes lose nutritional value when boiling vs. baking them? I make a huge batch of mashed sweet potatoes every week and prefer the taste of boiled better, but I'm wondering if doing so is losing much nutrients. Also, I've been peeling them. Is there any significant nutritional value to the skins?

    Thanks for any advice.
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    not a big deal at all, some nutrient are lost during the cooking process but nothing too big to even worry bout.
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    Baking saves a boat load of time (just bake and squeeze or scoop out of skins--you can even refrigerate or freeze to use later).

    I don't know the answer to your question, exactly. You do lose some nutrients when boiling, though I couldn't say how much. The skin is high in fiber, and it has nutrients of it's own (again, not sure how much).

    This from the Sweet Potato Council gives a few clues:
    when eaten with the skin, it has more fiber than oatmeal. One medium (4 ounce) sweet potato, baked with the skin, has about four times the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin A and almost half the recommendation for Vitamin C.
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    Originally Posted by C5VetteLS1 View Post
    Hey folks I'm just curious if sweet potatoes lose nutritional value when boiling vs. baking them? I make a huge batch of mashed sweet potatoes every week and prefer the taste of boiled better, but I'm wondering if doing so is losing much nutrients. Also, I've been peeling them. Is there any significant nutritional value to the skins?

    Thanks for any advice.
    The only thing i've heard is that boiling them, some of the nutrients can moved out into the water, is it a significant lose in nutrients? i have no clue lol, i've heard the best way to eat them is as close to raw as possible...

    Also the skin contains alot of fiber, and has alot of vitamins in it

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    wrap in saran wrap and microwave.
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    Mashed potatoes are the best, I have them every day.
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    Excellent all, thank you very much. I'll just continue to boil them, then mash. It seems to reduce some of their sweetness which I prefer. But I'll start leaving the skins on being that I need high fiber.

    Thanks for the assistance folks, it's certainly appreciated!
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    Boil'em, mash'em, stick'em in a stew.

    But really, it doesn't matter that much. Just vary from time to time. Boil one day, bake the next.
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    cut em up and boil on frying pan until soft. add butter buds and cinnamon! feels like a cheat meal for me
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    I throw a pile of them into a crock pot and letm go..
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    I think an average size sweet potato contains something like 1,667% of the vitamin A RDA. Vitamin A is fat soluble so you don't pee out the excess. So I don't think you're going to be at a disadvantage if you lose some of those nutrients.
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    Originally Posted by C5VetteLS1 View Post
    Hey folks I'm just curious if sweet potatoes lose nutritional value when boiling vs. baking them? I make a huge batch of mashed sweet potatoes every week and prefer the taste of boiled better, but I'm wondering if doing so is losing much nutrients. Also, I've been peeling them. Is there any significant nutritional value to the skins?

    Thanks for any advice.
    The skins have extra fiber and vitamin/mineral content. I like them and advocate eating them to my clients. The only problem with the skins (and this goes not only for sweet potatoes) is that commercially grown food is treated or exposed to pestisides. Even after washing your potatoes prior to cooking you won't get all of it off as it absorbs in the skin.

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