Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - Why Sweet Potatoes?




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Fox
05-15-2009, 11:15 AM
What makes sweet potatoes so much better for you than white potatoes? Is it just that they're lower in calories? When I look up the two on fitday white potatoes have more protein and fiber but more calories....


Glory87
05-15-2009, 11:34 AM
Check out the color :) Orange foods (like sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, pumpkin, orange peppers) are rich in betacarotene. Plus, they taste soooo good. They are pretty sweet, when I roast a sweet potato in the oven (400 degrees, 1+ hours) the sugar in the skin caramelizes - delicious!

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=64
http://home.howstuffworks.com/sweet-potatoes3.htm
http://www.foodreference.com/html/sweet-pot-nutrition.html

CSPI ranked the sweet potato number one in nutrition of all vegetables. With a score of 184, the sweet potato outscored the next highest vegetable by more than 100 points. Points were given for content of dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars and complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Points were deducted for fat content (especially saturated fat), sodium, cholesterol, added refined sugars and caffeine. The higher the score, the more nutritious the food. The reasons the sweet potato took first place? Dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium.

The numbers for the nutritional sweet potato speak for themselves: almost twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, 42 percent of the recommendation for vitamin C, four times the RDA for beta carotene, and, when eaten with the skin, sweet potatoes have more fiber than oatmeal. All these benefits with only about 130 to 160 calories!



I don't have an issue with white potatoes, but I prefer sweet potatoes, they taste better to me and offer more health benefits. As a rule, I try to concentrate on eating the brightest, most colorful foods if I have a choice. Red grapes over green grapes, dark green romaine over iceberg, sweet potatoes over white potatoes, etc etc.

Ija
05-15-2009, 03:04 PM
As Glory explained in detail, white potatoes are good for you, but sweet potatoes are LOADED with nutrients. I eat them about twice a week :D


Renacer
05-15-2009, 03:09 PM
Glory, thanks for that interesting information. I feed my son a lot of sweet potatoes, I should start loving them as well.:)

WaterRat
05-15-2009, 04:13 PM
I should start loving them as well

Sweet potatoes are yummy no matter how you fix them!

digitalrequiem
05-16-2009, 05:47 PM
Besides the nutritional benefits, I think sweet potatoes have a better natural flavor. I use less fillings on a baked sweet potato. I usually use just a small dab of butter and some cinnamon. Plus I love baked sweet potato fries! I spice them well with things like cumin, paprika, cayenne, etc and they taste so good that I don't even need things like ketchup and salt.

freakiel
05-16-2009, 05:57 PM
i have never had sweet potato before. ahh, i need to try that.

kaplods
05-16-2009, 07:52 PM
I've never cared for "sweet" vegetables, especially since the way my family made them usually included adding brown sugar to make them even sweeter. However, I find that I really like sweet potatoes dressed more like a baked white potato. So I'll open my sweet potato and add savory toppings like bacon bits (or bacos), diced sweet onion or chives, and sour cream.

nelie
05-16-2009, 07:59 PM
I also don't like sweet potatoes sweetened. I like roasted sweet potatoes as is, nothing else needed.

tommy
05-16-2009, 08:20 PM
Back in the day, when Jane Fonda was the queen of aerobics workouts, she published a book and noted that half a sweet potato was her dessert substitute when a carving struck (as is- w/o added sugar).

I am also in the camp that finds them sweet enough on their own and like them with dinner or an in ingredient in dinner, but NOT w/ marshmallows, brown sugar, etc. It takes a while when you wean yourself off sugar to realize the natural sweetness in things, but the realization does come if you pay attention and give it a shot.

in need of solace
05-17-2009, 09:04 AM
Don't forget you can also eat sweet potatoes raw. Grated up in a salad they are AWESOME!

As long as you're doing some grating, make some sweet potato hash browns as well!

JulieJ08
05-17-2009, 10:46 AM
Don't forget you can also eat sweet potatoes raw. Grated up in a salad they are AWESOME!

As long as you're doing some grating, make some sweet potato hash browns as well!

Interesting. I love sweet potatoes and might really like that - does it cause any intestinal issues raw?

in need of solace
05-17-2009, 11:54 AM
Interesting. I love sweet potatoes and might really like that - does it cause any intestinal issues raw?

I've never had any problems from them but YMMV. Try a small amount out before "going wild" with them. In a salad, nice crisp slices of a granny smith apple go well with raw sweet potatoes.

JulieJ08
05-17-2009, 11:56 AM
I've never had any problems from them but YMMV. Try a small amount out before "going wild" with them. In a salad, nice crisp slices of a granny smith apple go well with raw sweet potatoes.

Ohhh, I'm all about the bits of granny smith apple in things lately.

Glory87
05-17-2009, 12:36 PM
Don't forget you can also eat sweet potatoes raw. Grated up in a salad they are AWESOME!

As long as you're doing some grating, make some sweet potato hash browns as well!

I've grated them and used them as a filling for quesadillas. Grated sweet potatoes, cumin, cayenne, onion, garlic (sauteed) and a little sharp cheddar cheese to stick everything together. Topped with salsa - it's pretty great.

Stella
05-17-2009, 04:26 PM
Sweet potatoes are lower GI/GL as well, if you are into that.

Stella

JulieJ08
05-17-2009, 07:39 PM
I've grated them and used them as a filling for quesadillas. Grated sweet potatoes, cumin, cayenne, onion, garlic (sauteed) and a little sharp cheddar cheese to stick everything together. Topped with salsa - it's pretty great.


Oh, I always thought you just cooked and mashed the potato for that.

Wolf Goddess
05-17-2009, 11:49 PM
I love sweet potatoes, but they're not a substitute for white potatoes to me - they're their own thing. If I want a baked potato, I eat a baked potato. And if I want a roasted sweet potato, I roast a sweet potato. I'll eat both of them mashed, but with different flavorants. I love chipotle maple mashed sweet potatoes.

Fox
05-18-2009, 11:36 AM
thanks for all the info and ideas! I picked up 2 sweet potatoes at the grocery store today, I'm going to have one tomorrow cut up and tossed with a little olive oil, italian seasonings and cauliflower fixed the same way and then roast it in the oven to go with my chicken for dinner!

Glory87
05-18-2009, 03:56 PM
Oh, I always thought you just cooked and mashed the potato for that.

I have always grated them, I like the texture! I grate them (with my food processor) and then sautee them. They really cook down and soften, but they aren't SOFT like mashed sweet potatoes.

Fox
05-19-2009, 12:29 PM
I just finished chopping up my sweet potato and man are they ever rock hard! I had to get out the biggest knife I had!

Wolf Goddess
05-19-2009, 06:06 PM
I just finished chopping up my sweet potato and man are they ever rock hard! I had to get out the biggest knife I had!

Cut it into rings before cutting into chunks; cutting them in half like a regular potato can be hazardous.

JulieJ08
05-19-2009, 10:32 PM
You can also nuke them a couple minutes or so to soften them a little. It also shortens the roasting time - I wouldn't skip the roasting because I get hard/gummy texture from an entirely nuked sweet potato. But it's very helpful as a starter.

pixie2009
05-21-2009, 10:26 AM
Don't forget you can also eat sweet potatoes raw. Grated up in a salad they are AWESOME!

As long as you're doing some grating, make some sweet potato hash browns as well!

I grate sweet potatoes add some egg, flour, salt pepper and fry them up like potato pancakes (you can use a tiny bit of olive oil or spray). We eat them with tofutti sour cream, hot sauce and green onion. YUM!

time2lose
05-21-2009, 11:35 AM
This thread got me to craving a sweet potato! Wish I had brought one for lunch. I think my dinner menu just changed! :)