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  • Sweet potatoes vs Yams

    I'm sure this is addressed somewhere I haven't seen anything on it yet. Is there much difference? Which do most of you guys eat?

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    http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/myster...eetpotato.html

    If you're in the U.S. it's probably sweet potato. In general, yams are drier.

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    • #3
      I mean in terms of health benefits, which do most of you guys eat?

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      • #4
        I get whichever one is cheaper per pound.

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        • #5
          They seem the same to me. I have had both and like both.

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          • #6
            The yams/sweet potatoes found in USA stores are mostly likely the same. True 'yams' are different, at least according to wikipedia. To me, the yellow and orange ones taste a bit different and I get one or the other depending on mood.

            My favorite way to eat either (but especially the orange ones) is simply baked until soft and eaten plain or with butter.
            Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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            • #7
              I have recently added both in my dietary regime. I generally have a small serving with my last meal of the day (post-wrokout). I stir fry them in coconut oil or butter. Is it necessary to boil em??

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              • #8
                Not necessary to boil them, in fact boiling would cause some of the nutrients to be tossed in the water. Roasted are great too, tossed with melted coconut oil, sea salt, pepper, red pepper if you like--some people like it with cinnamon
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Redflame View Post
                  Not necessary to boil them, in fact boiling would cause some of the nutrients to be tossed in the water. Roasted are great too, tossed with melted coconut oil, sea salt, pepper, red pepper if you like--some people like it with cinnamon
                  Thanx!

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                  • #10
                    I bake my sweet potatoes skin on (just wash them a bit first), 75 min @ 350. Take them out, split them, butter and cinnamon, perfect. Well, IMO anyway

                    They also reheat very well, so I usually cook 4-8 of them at a time and they last just fine for the week in the fridge.

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                    • #11
                      Great Article Here;
                      http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...th.html?cat=22
                      (sorry I could not attach the link all pretty like)
                      As you read through you are pretty convinces that although they are both good for you, the sweet potato has better qualities, especially in Vitamin A. BUT when you read the second page you will see that Yams have a better 6:3 ratio---YET Sweet Taters have better..........well you get it, seems like they are both GREAT, they are low on the glycemic index, and although carby (especially if you are shooting for VLC for significant weightloss) they certainly pack alot of value!
                      For me I would go with the best price!
                      Side note: Yams are typically light yellow inside, although they come purple too, Sweet Potatoes are dark orange inside and typically a darker color on the outside
                      Second Side Note: whom ever decided to can sweet potatoes, and then top them with marshmellows was SICK in the head
                      Last edited by Redflame; 10-21-2010, 12:56 PM. Reason: link did not work
                      Redflame
                      Started PB Aug 9, 2010 then let 'stuff' get in the way
                      Back to start and make a fantastic 2012
                      Goal of Significant Weight Loss
                      15 pounds down! with more to go!

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                      • #12
                        I like to slice them, steam in my microwave steamer basket, then brown in a pan with butter for flavor. The whole process takes under 10 minutes.

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                        • #13
                          Love 'em. They are the only food I microwave, as sometimes I just don't have the time to wait an hour for one to cook normally (Before the gym etc)

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                          • #14
                            Ones white and one is orange, right? =)
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by K.ROB View Post
                              Ones white and one is orange, right? =)
                              Yams are kinda off white - yellow colored, sweet potatoes are dark orange
                              Redflame
                              Started PB Aug 9, 2010 then let 'stuff' get in the way
                              Back to start and make a fantastic 2012
                              Goal of Significant Weight Loss
                              15 pounds down! with more to go!

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