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Sweet Potatoes

Is it Better to Bake, Boil, or Steam Sweet Potatoes?

Michael Greger, November 24th, 2015
I previously talked about the cancer fighting properties of sweet potatoes (See Anti-Cancer Potential of Sweet Potato Proteins) and what would happen if you centered your diet around them (The Okinawa Diet: Living to 100).

As GMOs fail, Mozambique farmers turn to natural sweet potatoes to improve nutrition, yields and income

By Wilson:(NaturalNews) In an attempt to curb vitamin A deficiencies, Mozambican researchers have worked tirelessly to create a non-genetically modified (GM), vitamin-enriched sweet potato that comes in multiple varieties suitable for the climates in which they'll grow, according to a new report by SciDev.net.

Dubbed the Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) initiative, an estimated 135,000 smallholder farmers in Mozambique, half of whom are women, are expected to begin growing the new varieties in an effort to provide a rich source of vitamin A.

What Are Sweet Potatoes Good For?


Cultivation of sweet potatoes, which are native to Peru, dates back to 750 BCE. Discovered by Columbus, sweet potatoes, often (wrongly) called yams, belong to the Convolvulaceae, or morning glory plant family. Yams (from the African word "nyami"), which are from the Dioscoreae family, have only one embryonic seed leaf, while sweet potatoes have two. Another note for consumers: yams are usually more moist.