Sweet Potatoes Healthy Food Guide

Peak season: Fall and Winter

A veritable powerhouse of nutritional goodness, the sweet potato is only distantly related to the potato. And don’t call it a yam—it’s not even the same species! The sweet potato is a flowering perennial vine in the same family as morning glories, with delicious, starchy, tuberous roots.The Center for Science in the Public Interest calls sweet potatoes one of the most nutritious vegetables in the land. Instead of smothering sweet potatoes in butter and brown sugar, try one of these fresh ideas. Download a FREE Healthy Sweet Potato Recipe Cookbook!



Why is it that all we can find in the market are "Yams"? There is definately a difference between a Yam and a sweet potato, the difference being that a Yam has no nutrients to talk about, whereas a sweet potato does. Because of the labeling of these 2 tubers in the markets, how is one to know if they are buying a sweet potato or a yam?


03/30/2010 - 10:59am

No, those really are sweet potatoes. What Americans call "yams" are just darker sweet potatoes. My dad asked me back at Thanksgiving what was the difference between a sweet potato and a yam. I told him there was no difference. A yam was just a darker sweet potato. But he had been told there was a big difference. So I went home and researched it for him. And Boy did I get a surprise. A real yam is purple to gray in color. They can grow up to 8 feet, yes 8 FEET, long and weigh up to 150 pounds. They only grow in tropical climates. The Scientific name for them is Dioscorea.


03/25/2010 - 3:48pm

No they are not really yams. What Americans call "yams" are sweet potatoes. I researched this for my dad. He wanted to know what the difference was between a yam and a sweet potato. I told him nothing. I found out I was wrong. I REAL yam. It a completely different thing. They do not even grow in the US. They are purple in color and are huge. They can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh up to 150 lbs. Honest. I always thought a yam was just a darker sweet potato, which usually means sweeter. But I was wrong. My Dad got a good laugh out of the whole thing, especially the pics we found.


03/25/2010 - 3:25pm

YUMMY! This was a surprising fast and easy recipe to make and was delicious and totally satisfying! I will definitely make this again.


01/21/2010 - 12:45pm

Those are actually yams. Sweet potatoes are lighter in color, less orange than yams, but not as light as regular potatoes.


11/13/2009 - 10:41pm

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