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Ok, I have been trying to find facts on this .
Sweet potato are different from regular potatoes, trying to gather facts on this . If my memory is holding from my quick research, regular potatoes are in night shade family, sweet potato in morning glory family....will edit if I've got this wrong ....

So raw regular potatoes cause stomach upset and bloating, and even diarrhea. Due to some complex starches that are hard to digest and some compounds . Can You Eat Raw Potatoes? Here's What a Dietitian Has to Say
I can confirm if my dogs get a hold of raw potatoes they get the runs.

Sweet potatoes, humans can eat raw , horses can eat raw . I can confirm when my dogs got ahold of of raw sweet Potato, no runs .

I think we did offer raw sweet potatoes to our avian collection, but my memory could be faulty... I have occasionally offered raw sweet potatoes to my parrots with no side effects noticed..my parrots do enjoy them raw . Also enjoy them cooked and served warm .

A search seems to have raw sweet potatoes as ok . Your thoughts? Have you served them raw ?

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I’ve served raw sweet potatoes for decades with no problems. I would say I’m more likely to offer steamed and mashed with ingredients mine are reticent to eat, like some greens.
 

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I think I've read somewhere that, if lightly steamed, more nutrition can be obtained from sweet potatoes.
 

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I’ve served raw sweet potatoes for decades with no problems. I would say I’m more likely to offer steamed and mashed with ingredients mine are reticent to eat, like some greens.
Excellent! Mine are all great veggies eaters . They just seem to really enjoy raw sweet potatoes even more than cooked . I picked up some red sweet potato at the health foods store this morning, they had at least five variety thst I had never known about! So I had wanted to be sure before handing them out
 

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I think I've read somewhere that, if lightly steamed, more nutrition can be obtained from sweet potatoes.
I did come across that , and it's the same with carrots. But I don't really have to worry about maximum beta carotene in my birds as they eat so much veggies, and pellets
 

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Any idea of any differences in the orange regular sweet potato vs Asian sweet potato/yam?
 

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Cloudy eating raw sweet potato too!
Also blueberries , but chose sweet potato first
 

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Any idea of any differences in the orange regular sweet potato vs Asian sweet potato/yam?
No...now I need to worry? I never even knew about all these varieties until today!
 

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I gave raw once but then read posts here on the Avenue that sweet potatoes had to be cooked.
 

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Have you searched aa for info here? I’m going on memory (which isn’t wonderful) but I’m sure I’ve read here somewhere that there’s an enzyme that blocks other nutrients or is hard to digest or something similar to some greens.
Served raw here they’ll only be touched to get tossed to the floor. Also recall reading that there are marked differences in the make up of some of the potatoes sold to us as sweet potatoes as they’re not always sold/labeled correctly. My favourite sweet potato so far had purple skin and white insides omg they were so delicious but I haven’t seen any since Burt was quite young and the ones I tried to grow I didn’t pull in time.
 
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This is a nice article, it promotes cooked , but also says raw is fine tho not in excess. Many foods contain anti nutrients properties, soy, and broccoli come to mind . I will keep reading, and taking in the forum group knowledge!
But I think a slice once in awhile is going to be fine..I'm cooking it this afternoon for myself and to share more with the birds tomorrow

 

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Ok, I remember a time I read a lot on eclectus diets , and remember seeing raw sweet potato offered.
This link , says raw or cooked

I'm still reading and looking..but need to get my butt in gear on other projects.
 

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All right one more , because covers the difference with yams . Says yams should be cooked. Sweet potatoes ok raw . This is a chicken article
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Ok , the kind I picked up today at the health foods store, was red garnet sweet potato! Yay! Safe served raw, from my current research and understanding.

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The main reason I cook them is that beta carotene is easier to absorb after it's been cooked. Cooking softens the cell walls, making it easier for bodies to make use of it.

Sweet potatoes also contain trypsin inhibitors, which makes it harder to digest the proteins.
 

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The main reason I cook them is that beta carotene is easier to absorb after it's been cooked. Cooking softens the cell walls, making it easier for bodies to make use of it.

Sweet potatoes also contain trypsin inhibitors, which makes it harder to digest the proteins.
It's starts getting so complex doesn't it? I'm interested in nutrition, as we all very much are ! But.... understanding it fully is very complex .

Share info you have , I'm curious, I have not come across big warnings while researching so far . Digging deeper than just people just recirculating information without deeper nutritional understanding.
Unlike soy , which you can not feed to babies or premature developing because of anti nutritional properties of soy, NIH

But when you start taking trypsin inhibitors, nearly all legumes and veggies and grains can have these .
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With fresh foods it's always a balancing act. Some things are better absorbed by cooking, and bonds like oxalic acid to calcium are broken by heat, while other nutrients suffer under heat. So are you going to get a direct answer? No. Do I sometimes serve raw sweet potato? Yes. But I usually cook it because the main reason I am offering it is for the Vitamin A.

These are about carrots but they reference Beta Carotene. You can release some, too, by cutting small pieces by Ripley won't eat small pieces.



 

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I prefer Garnet sweet potatoes, which have a deeper color. My understanding is more color, more nutrients.
 

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With fresh foods it's always a balancing act. Some things are better absorbed by cooking, and bonds like oxalic acid to calcium are broken by heat, while other nutrients suffer under heat. So are you going to get a direct answer? No. Do I sometimes serve raw sweet potato? Yes. But I usually cook it because the main reason I am offering it is for the Vitamin A.

These are about carrots but they reference Beta Carotene. You can release some, too, by cutting small pieces by Ripley won't eat small pieces.



Thanks. Yes I have read and heard with carrots, but they are more fiber ,tough, ( what word am I looking for ughh ;) ) than sweet potatoes .

I think getting some sweet potato and carrots in is a good thing!!! If cooking makes happier and more comfortable, go for it :) these rich sources of beta carotene, and any others , are fabulous.

All of this has helped me have a better understanding of sweet potatos . What makes a yam and varieties. And I didn't know eating them raw myself was an option and healthy. I'm planning on a adding to my salad raw tonight! It makes me laugh remembering brussel sprouts and the awful boiling, and how that's the only way my mom offered. Then finding out how much I love raw brussel sprouts!!! Love them raw, especially in salads,! And roasted !

So great that sweet potato are getting love!
 
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