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    Sweet Potatoes vs Yams

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    I've reached my weight goal and I'm adding some extra carbs to try to hold my weight where it is. It seems that there is a preferred nutritional difference between yams and sweet potatoes. I like them both and want to choose correctly. What are the differences?

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    Strictly speaking, true yams are unrelated to sweet potatoes. True yams are rarely seen in this country. Orange, white, or garnet sweet potatoes are all sweet potatoes, not yams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    Strictly speaking, true yams are unrelated to sweet potatoes. True yams are rarely seen in this country. Orange, white, or garnet sweet potatoes are all sweet potatoes, not yams.
    Right. When most people say "yam" in the U.S., they mean sweet potatoes. True yams are much drier and starchier, not sweet at all. They originated in Africa whereas sweet potatoes are a New World food. There are many varieties of both sweet potato and yam.

    Yam (vegetable) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    I think both of them are good, healthy sources of starch. Sweet potatoes are a lot easier to find and cheaper where I live though. Other good starch options are plantains, yuca (cassava/tapioca), and rice, if you're not totally anti-grain. Mexican/Hispanic markets often have plantain, yuca, and yams for cheaper than a regular grocery store.

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    Eat 'em all. Eat the starchy, dry kumaras. Eat the moist, orange garnet yams. Eat the yellow, medium moist sweet potatoes. Eat the white, oozing with skin-irritating slime African yams. Eat the white Russets,Yukon Golds, red, purple and new potatoes. Eat 'em all.
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    And eat the Japanese ones because they are the most delicious of all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
    And eat the Japanese ones because they are the most delicious of all!

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    I buy 15-25 lbs at a time of Japanese Sweet Potatoes they ARE! The best

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    What is a 'Yam' varies from country to country.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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    I consider potato, sweet potato, and yam as parallel options--pick which one suits the meal. Same goes for taro, burdock, lotus, water chestnuts, etc.

    The closest thing to a yam I eat is yamaimo used in okonomiyaki batter.
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