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    So I know neither sweet potatoes or yams are perfectly primal, but I have read that an occasional serving of sweet potatoes is not too bad. My question is what is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? At the grocery store, the orange potatoes are often labeled as sweet potatoes, but then sometimes as yams. I recently saw real sweet potatoes (they are white-yellow) and was wondering which was more "primal"?

    I just made a beef and sweet potato stew. I ended up using half yams and half sweet potatoes to see which taste better!

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    Mark has a recent post, which has more than you probably wanted to know. He says the Japanese ones are too sweet, although the ones we get here seem less sweet than other yams and sweet potatoes.

    I eat lots of yams/sweet potatoes and Irish ones too. Doing fine on them. In fact, I had Yukons in stew tonight.
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    • #3
      The things they sell as "yams" here are actually just another type of sweet potato. See images of actual yams:

      Yam (vegetable) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      You are not likely to see one in your average grocery store.
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      • #4
        owly- THANK YOU!! i know this sounds pedantic, but some chick at the HFS where i work started an argument with me about yams vs. sweet potatoes. and when i insisted that we actually had never sold TRUE yams, she yelled at me and said she wanted to wring my neck! (crazy vegan) ha! now i feel vindicated.

        as far as which is better from a primal perspective, i don't know. on occasion, i eat small amounts of whatever we have (which is probably the sweetest variety). i think it's fine as long as you use it as an occasional treat.
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        • #5
          My guess is that true yams from Africa would be more primal, since sweet potato are from the Americas. But, I sweet potatoes. I like them and I don't think they are as bad as other things like regular white potatoes. They don't tend to trigger a binge for me.
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          • #6
            In the United States, most people use both terminologies to refer to a sweet potato, when neither of these two vegetables is related! I don't think Yams are marketed or grown widely in the United States. Where it is marketed, is usually in Latin American markets. As for the nutrition, all I know is Sweet potatoes have high Vitamins A and C while Yams have higher sugar content.
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            • #7
              Yam... could be the origin of the word: Yum ! (Or miam in french). :-)

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              • #8
                To add to the confusion, sweet potatoes are also not related to potatoes. Sweet potatoes don't have the same issue with glycoalkaloids, and they are not nightshades (important for my brother, who has a nightshade allergy).

                We almost never get the yellow sweet potatoes up here, just the gorgeous orange ones. I love them but try to limit myself to half of one in a day.
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                • #9
                  okinawan sweet potatoes. they have white skin and a DEEP purple potato part. THEY ARE AMAZING

                  on that, yams are VERY VERY sweet like a dessert stand alone. sweet potatoes, not as much. yams are also ginormous. and asowly said sweet ataters are not even taters

                  either way, everyone go to your local asian market. they sell yams of wide variety, as well as oddball japanese sweet taters, and mine sells the okinawan purple white skin...yummmm
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                  • #10
                    First of all, true Yams (like the ones in Africa) are PURPLE. Sweet potatoes range from pale regular-potato like color to deep orange or red.

                    Secondly, SPs are more primal, IMO, than a white potato. And tonight I am experimenting with sweet potato chips (I've got an upcoming party & want to wow my friends)

                    that is all

                    EDIT: Went looking at yams on Wikipedia and saw the picture for Ube Cake. Purple cake? Are you KIDDING me? I GOTTA MAKE THAT! *Also just had inspiration to do a similar "rainbow" cake using all natural, Primal ingredients*
                    *Tells her inner Betty Grokker to shut up and go back to her Time Out chair*
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                    • #11
                      So why aren't sweet potatoes primal?

                      I think of them as perfectly primal.

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                      • #12
                        Yes, they're perfectly primal according to ze rulez. In fact, as a post-workout meal, you really can't beat a big oven-roasted sweet potato filled with either butter or cheese depending on your dairy tolerances.

                        Fun fact: I just had that exact meal - with cheese - ten minutes ago.
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                        • #13
                          dr. bork- i saw that too and am REALLY tempted to hunt some of these down. my daughter would LOVE that!
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                          • #14
                            Last night I cooked white yams also called name. They were not as sweet as the sweet potatoes I buy. In fact they were rather bland. They have a thick rough skin and become kind of slimy after being peeled.

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                            • #15
                              Realized this morning I forgot to buy side dishes for Easter dinner tomorrow, LOL. Suddenly baked sweet potatoes sounded SO GOOD!
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