The Sweetest Carb Whatever Your Goal!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Author Martin Cheifetz

As far as starchy carbs go, sweet potatoes rule.  They’re incredibly versatile, delicious, and very nutrient dense.  They’re a far more nutritious option than a standard white potato, and in our humble opinion, much more interesting to cook with and eat.

Sweet potatoes are NOT the same thing as yams.  They are completely different plants so it's wise to check before you buy.  Sweet potatoes are also only distantly related to regular white potatoes.  While all different plants, they are all tubers, or root vegetables.

Sweet potatoes are most commonly brown on the outside and bright orange on the inside, but depending on the specific variety, the skin may also be purple (with purple or white flesh) or brown with gold flesh.  Like apples, the different skin and flesh colours will have different flavors, textures, and respond differently to a variety of cooking methods.  For the purposes of this article, we’ll discuss the most common variety of sweet potato:  Brown skin and orange flesh.

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