0

votes

Is it ok to brown sweet potatoes?

Commented on October 13, 2013
Created October 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Most meals, I fry sweet potatoes. They usually get brown. This is caramelization, or a Maillard reaction. I'm not certain which.

Is this problematic? It's very tasty. I know Maillard reactions in meat produce harmful health effects, but I'm not sure if this is true of sweet potatoes.

Anyone know? I'm asking because I eat this everyday, which makes it worth getting right.

35d80496cdcb0bd1deb35a1a74930967

(50)

on October 13, 2013
at 05:46 PM

Interesting. Do you have anything further I could read? I fry most of my meals. Does that mean, for example, that you would never make steak if you follow this advice?

  • 35d80496cdcb0bd1deb35a1a74930967

    asked by

    (50)
  • Views
    1.6K
  • Last Activity
    1769D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

3 Answers

0
32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on October 13, 2013
at 03:08 PM

Is it problematic? No.

0
F405f666c78f0c1164752900c7844a45

on October 13, 2013
at 02:38 PM

Yes it is the same.

Browning is the maillard reaction taking place.

The evidence at the moment suggests that AGEs some of which are produced via the maillard reaction play a role in many diseases. In mice it appears that AGEs contribute to many degenerative diseases. Sadly controlled studies to confirm this in humans cannot be done due to ethical reasons i.e. eat this food that will probably kill you, so I can see if it kills you.

But the evidence is strong enough to start avoiding AGEs produced by cooking.

Basically this means frying is out. If you must fry do so at very low temperatures and infrequently.

The way I cook my sweet potatoes is peel them, chop them into thin slices, put in a pan with a little bit of water, cover, high heat for 5 mins. This steams them. There should only be a little water left over, mash this in with plenty of butter/ coconut oil and season with salt and spices.

35d80496cdcb0bd1deb35a1a74930967

(50)

on October 13, 2013
at 05:46 PM

Interesting. Do you have anything further I could read? I fry most of my meals. Does that mean, for example, that you would never make steak if you follow this advice?

0
Medium avatar

(238)

on October 12, 2013
at 08:55 PM

That is they way I like them best so for me the answer is yes. I can also bake them and put butter on and be 90% happy with them.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!