Lisa Abraham

Q.: Is there any difference in the nutritional value of sweet potatoes and yams?

ó Mary J. Hoffman, Green

A.: There is a difference. However, itís unlikely that you are finding actual yams at your grocery store. Yams are very uncommon here, found mostly in Africa, Asia and parts of the Caribbean. Those orange tubers that you may see labeled as yams at the grocery store are more than likely a dark orange variety of sweet potato.

Luckily for us, sweet potatoes outweigh yams nutritionally. They are high in vitamin A, beta-carotene and fiber, and are practically fat free, which makes them a healthy choice. They do, however, pack a carbohydrate wallop, which means they need to be enjoyed in moderation by anyone counting carbs for a diabetic diet.

Real yams, while also full of fiber, have more carbs and more calories per serving than sweet potatoes and donít come close to matching the sweet potatoís nutritional level.

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