The Humble Sweet Potato

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Not only do these sweet spuds brighten up your plate, they also pack a serious nutrition punch.

A distant cousin to more familiar white table potatoes, the sweet potato belies its name.  Although they do taste sweet, they’re low on the glycemic index and higher in fibre than their more popular relatives.To add to the consumer confusion, the softer, deeper orange varieties of sweet potato are often labeled “yams” despite the fact that yams and sweet potatoes are completely different vegetables. (Actual yams are native to Africa and Asia and are generally only seen in specialty markets in North America.) The two most commonly found in the produce section – some are longer and paler and others are larger and rounder – are actually both different varieties of sweet potato. Whatever we call them, sweet potatoes are among the most nutrient-dense foods we can eat. Unlike more seasonal superfoods, sweet potatoes are available
year-round, are inexpensive and keep well (store in a cool, dark place, but don’t refrigerate), making them a perfect choice when it comes to dark orange vegetables.

Published in October 2010.

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