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What is the difference between a Sweet Potato & a Yam?

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Although orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) have traditionally been referred to as yams in parts of the United States and Canada, they are not part of the same family and therefore they are not yams. Below are 5 different types of sweet potatoes:

1. Diane/Garnet: red/orange flesh

2. Covington/Beauregard: orange skin/ orange flesh

3. O'Henry/Golden Sweet: yellow skin/white flesh

4. Kotobuki/Murasaki: purple skin/white flesh

5. Stokes Purple: purple skin/purple flesh

True yams are cultivated in Africa, Asia, Latin America, they Caribbean and Oceania and not traditionally in the United States or Canada. We are now slowly transitioning all our packaging and labels from "yams and sweet potatoes" to just "sweet potatoes".

How to store Sweet Potatoes at Home?

Sweet potatoes are much more perishable then other types of totaotes. So how you take care of them at home is important.

Instructions/Tips:

1. Handle sweet potatoes with care as their skin is very delicate and susceptible to scraping and brushing which will shorten shelf life.

2. Keep them in a cool and dry area with good air flow. 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. Store for up to 2 months, but if you are keeping sweet potatoes in a warmer environment, it is best to store no longer than a week.

3. Dampness will cause the potatoes to spoil. Do not rinse or wash sweet potatoes until you are ready to cook them.

4. Do not refrigerate raw sweet potatoes. Refirgeration will cause the indside of the potato to become hard and will affect the taste.

Tip: You can store cooked sweet potato slices, cubes or mashed in the freezer in a tightly sealed container for up to 6 minths.

Health Benefits: Sweet Potatoes are a SUPER FOOD!

To reduce your risk of stroke, heart and cancer simply ear more sweet potatoes. This Super Food is no longer overlooked and underrated. So, if you're interested in living a longer, healther life, add sweet potatoes to your regular diet.

High in Fiber:

The sweet potato is a good source of dietary fiber, which lovers the risk for constipation, diverticulitis, colon and rectal concer, 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 hear disease and cancer, and sweet potatoes supply pleanty 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 expecially important for people with diabetes, whose good health is dependent upon stable blood glucose levels. Diabetics and other 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 source. Naturally low in calories and high in nutritional value, the sweet potato is Mother Nature's best work.

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 or make oven baked fries or wadges 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

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