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Aging Sweet Potatoes

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 03, 2010 at 2:25 AM

I know I could probably just Google this, but I'll bet one of you paleo-cyclopedias has the answer at the ready:

I've had a bag of organic sweet potatoes from Trader Joe's for maybe 10 days, and they're starting to "bud" a bit. Being the lazy, microwaving "caveman" that I am, I'm just eating the whole damn thing and not worrying about it. Am I giving myself cancer or...?

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on September 03, 2010
at 02:52 PM

Haha, I thought this was going to be about some sort of culinary delicacy. "Aged sweet potato flambee with side of neglect"

48f9bb680fbc1bc1bd0d9cb09ee10273

(230)

on September 03, 2010
at 12:55 PM

Ah,your right, that study was on true yams - not our ridiculous use of the word for sweet potatoes - thanks for the catch!

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(19235)

on September 03, 2010
at 11:44 AM

@Drew: Men in parts of West Africa and South East Asia have been eating yams as a staple food for thousands of years. The phytoestrogens do not seem to have done them any harm.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on September 03, 2010
at 11:41 AM

@Drew: Men in West Africa have been eating yams as a staple food for thousands of years. The phytoestrogens do not seem to have done them any harm.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on September 03, 2010
at 10:04 AM

Sweet potatoes ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_potato ) and yams ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yam_%28vegetable%29 ) are two unrelated types of vegetables. I don't think sweet potatoes contain any phytoestrogens.

Af842c68e3d07fa0e35b4274f3acaeec

on September 03, 2010
at 04:36 AM

Damn! I just checked out the study! NOOOOOOO...my yams.....

Af842c68e3d07fa0e35b4274f3acaeec

on September 03, 2010
at 04:35 AM

Really? They have phytoestrogens??? What about yams? Is it the same deal??? This is urgent stuff!

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

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on September 03, 2010
at 02:54 AM

oh no! LSD and estrogens?! thanks for warning. :)

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48f9bb680fbc1bc1bd0d9cb09ee10273

(230)

on September 03, 2010
at 02:47 AM

Sweet potatoes aren't in the same family as traditional potatoes, and are not nightshades (traditional potatoes are in the family Solanaceae, while sweet potatoes are in the family Convolvulaceae). So their shoots, flowers, and roots are not poisonous generally speaking, not like a starchy Russet potato (eat the stalks of those, and you will be seriously in a bad way). Indeed, many cultures eat the stalks and flowers of the sweet potato (which is actually a morning glory). Now, having said that, some morning glory related genus and species plants do have some alkaloids, even including (yes) LSD as a naturally occurring agent, particularly in the seeds - but not sweet potatoes. Still, the creeping roots that come out of the tuber are kind of gross, so I wouldn't eat them:) But the tubers should keep for several months if kept dry and free of moisture - just carve out the root hairs like you would a normal potato eye - problem solved!

Af842c68e3d07fa0e35b4274f3acaeec

on September 03, 2010
at 04:35 AM

Really? They have phytoestrogens??? What about yams? Is it the same deal??? This is urgent stuff!

48f9bb680fbc1bc1bd0d9cb09ee10273

(230)

on September 03, 2010
at 12:55 PM

Ah,your right, that study was on true yams - not our ridiculous use of the word for sweet potatoes - thanks for the catch!

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on September 03, 2010
at 02:54 AM

oh no! LSD and estrogens?! thanks for warning. :)

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on September 03, 2010
at 10:04 AM

Sweet potatoes ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_potato ) and yams ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yam_%28vegetable%29 ) are two unrelated types of vegetables. I don't think sweet potatoes contain any phytoestrogens.

Af842c68e3d07fa0e35b4274f3acaeec

on September 03, 2010
at 04:36 AM

Damn! I just checked out the study! NOOOOOOO...my yams.....

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on September 03, 2010
at 11:44 AM

@Drew: Men in parts of West Africa and South East Asia have been eating yams as a staple food for thousands of years. The phytoestrogens do not seem to have done them any harm.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on September 03, 2010
at 11:41 AM

@Drew: Men in West Africa have been eating yams as a staple food for thousands of years. The phytoestrogens do not seem to have done them any harm.

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on December 28, 2011
at 07:43 AM

While I don't think that cancer is a problem aging = increasing GI and losing some of the vitamins > anyone interested in some more quantitative (and objective) data on the potato vs. sweet potato, baking vs. boiling and other related issues may want to take a look at my "Potato Manifesto" > Part 1 and Part 2 at the SuppVersity

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