sweet potato or yam

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Is one better for the paleo eating than the other. There's the dark skinned tan, and the light skinned sweet potato; are they equally the same nutrient wise? Also, my daughter just cannot stand eating the sweet potato or buttrrnut squash or acorn squash, so I've told her to go ahead and eat the white potato, and hope it will satisfy her the way the sweet potato does for me? She is only 20, and sadly I have raised her up eating the wrong kind of foods. But I've been on this for 3 months now, and finding it very satisfying! She's decided to try it as well :). Will the white potatoes be ok for her?



on January 31, 2012
at 09:55 PM

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on January 31, 2012
at 01:27 PM

White potatoes are fine. Not completely devoid the nutrition as some think they are. And if you've got room in your diet for some starch, they fit the bill nicely.



on January 31, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Potatoes are not sweet sweet potatoes; sweet potatoes are not yams.

I'm not sure about yams (never had a real one), but potatoes and sweet potatoes come in many varieties, and while each member is a little different, the general benefits of each family are found in their members, regardless of skin or flesh color.

Personally, I enjoy the flavor and fiber in sweet potatoes; I find regular potatoes a bit bland, and horribly binding.



on January 31, 2012
at 02:37 PM

I believe that they're all technically sweet potatoes on our produce shelves. The words are interchangeable. Check what Sisson has to say at Marks Daily Apple



on March 28, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Either or.

Aboriginals from Australia dig them up as one of the starches they get in their diet. And they are one of the oldest living hunter gatherer groups around. Tribal peoples in the jungle and other areas dig up yams and such as well. But like all good things, gotta have it in moderation.


on January 31, 2012
at 12:20 PM

IMO, white potatoes are okay in moderation. I still eat them. I just make sure to peal them first. It is much better than breaking out a loaf of bread or box of cereal. I hope all goes well for her, and you :)

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