Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Yams and Sweet Potatoes

I'd like to take a few minutes and address an issue that concerns me. Over the years, I have heard so many narrow minded and prejudiced people express their dislike for something I feel strongly about. I can't believe how many people don't like yams. Yams and sweet potatoes are not that bad. Cut them some slack! It's not like we are talking about brussel sprouts and turnips.

First of all, I'd like to clarify that yams and sweet potatoes are not the same, but people frequently confuse them with each other since they look similar, kind of like Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry.

Are people scared of them just because they are orange or because they are sweet? If this is a person's criteria for judging something, then the Oompa Loompas don't have a chance. Sweet potatoes have more flavor, more fiber, more anti-oxidants, slightly fewer calories, and a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes. Because of this they are usually a hit with fitness enthusiasts and healthy eaters.

If you want to criticize a vegetable, then let's talk about onions. I've expressed my concern about this diabolical food before. Let me just summarize how I feel about onions by saying I don't care to eat something that smells like it was grown in some one's armpit.

I understand that there will still be haters out there even after this informative and life changing post. I'm just asking people to be a little more tolerant towards these root vegetables and give them a chance more often than once a year at Thanksgiving. I'll bet posts like this probably make you wonder how much money I make under the table from the National Tuber Association.


Dr Zibbs said...

Love yams. HATE brussel sprouts even though I want to love them.

And LOVE onions!

Mary said...

I love Yams and Sweet Potatoes so I was excited to learn that Wendy's will be offering Baked Sweet Potatoes!

Eric said...

Don't fear the orange, unless it's on the football field. That is to say, burnt orange and six years ago.

W.C.Camp said...

I like them ok but even better as a big serving of SWEET POTATO FRIES!!! Remember "Tubers are better than one!" W.C.C.

Raine said...

I honestly didn't know there was a difference! I love both then :D

Curtis Jackson said...

Like Mary and many others I savor both sweet potatos and yams. I feel putting too much sugar in them lessen the natural sweetness or taste. My gladness there nonetheless are variable ways to prepare and serve them year round.

Cholesterol man said...

yes but how do they compare nutritionally to the Unpa Loompa?

Just joking I love sweet potatoes