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You Say Sweet Potato, I Say Yam?
Created on 10/28/2011

I often visit the web site of my teacher, Dr. Andrew Weil. When I did so recently I was struck by the topic - yams.

Every year around the holidays I am asked by shoppers about the difference between yams and sweet potatoes - or if there even is a difference.

Well, there is a difference, but it's relatively small.

Sweet potatoes and yams are related to one another. Both are great sources of nutrients, especially carotenes, and are healthier for you than white potatoes, in large part because they are a lower glycemic index food (they don't cause as rapid a rise in blood sugar after eating them as white potatoes can).

Sweet potatoe fries have made their way onto many restaurant menus these days. Even though sweet potatoes may be better for you than white potatoes, fries are still fried and I recommend avoiding them for health purposes, even sweet potato fries.

I want to give credit where credit is due - it was Dr. Weil's web site that jogged my memory - here's the address of the page I visited:

Regardless of whether they are yams or sweet potatoes, enjoy them often - they're healthy and tasty choices for your kitchen table.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
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