Gicumbi residents were advised not to peel potatoes before cooking them because the layer that is peeled is very rich in nutrients that would be good for the body.
According to Jeanne Mukamusoni the head of nutrition center in Bwisige health center, the coverings of the potatoes are very nutritious and peeling them is destroying them.
She went on to explain that the rich content of the potatoes is between the outer layer and the other parts of it. She explained that a person should wash well these potatoes and cook them and then remove the outer layer very careful and then eat them.
She said that if it is possible, people should use water that was used to cook potatoes and not sieve it to throw it away because it is also rich with nutrients.
Potatoes that should not be peeled before cooking are sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes and yams; they all have nutrients in a layer that is almost under the cover.
Consolle Mukantwari a health advisor in Bwisige sector said that people need to be told much about how to prepare certain things since some people don’t know that they are spoiling what would be the most important part of food.