Age Old Question... " What is the difference between a Yam and a Sweet Potato?"
High in Fiber:
The sweet potato is a good source of dietary fiber, which lowers the risk for constipation, diverticulitis, colon and rectal cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. The fiber in sweet potatoes provides a feeling of fullness and satiety, which helps to control food intake.
High in Antioxidants:
Antioxidants play a role in the prevention of heart disease and cancer, and sweet potatoes supply plenty of the antioxidants, vitamin E and beta-carotene. Antioxidants are essential for good brain functioning and in delay in the effects of aging on the brain. This fat-soluble vitamin is found mainly in high-fat foods such as oils, nuts, and avocados. Only the sweet potato provides vitamin E without the fat and calories.
Low Glycemic Index:
A low glycemic index is desirable and is characterized by slow absorption, a modest rise in blood glucose, and a smooth return to normal. This is especially important for people with diabetes, whose good health is dependent upon stable blood glucose levels. Diabetics and others wanting to avoid glucose highs and lows can turn to sweet potatoes, which have a low glycemic index.
Excellent Source of Potassium:
Potassium plays a major role in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance and cell integrity. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best sources of potassium, and sweet potatoes are among the top three richest sources. Naturally low in calories and high in nutritional value, the sweet potato is Mother Nature's best work.
Fresh Sweet Potatoes have been certified by the America Heart Association (AHA) to be low in saturated fat and cholesterol. The American Cancer Society, American Dietetic Association and AHA support eating sweet potatoes which are nutritious and can be helpful in the prevention of disease.
More ways to add more sweet potatoes to your diet:
Pack a baked sweet potato for lunch, topped with vanilla yogurt or cinnamon-flavored applesauce
Add peeled chunks to your favorite stew or blend with other vegetables in a warm soup
Switch from potato chips to sweet potato chips or make oven baked fries or wedges for the family
Wash, Peel and cut into raw strips to eat with your favorite dip
Blend into a breakfast smoothie or as country fries with eggs
Substitute in recipes calling for white potatoes or apples