Friday, February 17, 2012

Yams vs. Sweet Potatoes

Do you think they are the same thing? I did. Some things have two different names, so I never realized they were different. Not that I have ever really loved them or indulged in them often. Now that I am concerned with sugar intake and juice most vegetables anyway, I though this was interesting.
Here is a quote about the two from a blog I enjoy reading...
 "Sugar is the devil when it comes to belly fat! I advise people to avoid eating more than 5-6 grams of sugar per meal. You want to significantly reduce love handles and belly fat, ditch sugar!

Here is a picture of nutrition facts for yams and sweet potatoes, both considered a quality complex carb. I prefer yams (orange inside) because they have by far less sugar, but still taste really good! Sweet potato's (Yellow inside) have 3 and a half teaspoons of sugar for 1 cup and more water retaining sodium."

So, the moral of the story is they are two different things and when you can, opt for the yams which are orange inside.