Is it okay to eat sweet potatoes (yams)?
Yes! This is a popular question around the holiday season. Sweet potatoes (also called yams in the United States) are fat-free and cholesterol-free. They are also high in fiber and a great source of potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Remember that they are a starchy vegetable and contain carbohydrates (½ cup of baked sweet potato has about 20 grams of carb). This means they will cause a rise in blood glucose after you eat them.
When you prepare your sweet potatoes this holiday season, leave the skin on for more fiber. Also, try not to add extra oils, butter, or brown sugar. Sweet potatoes are a naturally sweet food that can be enjoyed simply by baking and adding a little bit of seasoning (like paprika, cinnamon, or cayenne pepper).
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