I've been buying yams for 2 weeks

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  1. Acciaio

    Acciaio New Member

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    Because I thought they were sweet potatoes. Apparently they are not, and there is a large nutrition difference, too.

    Don't make my mistakes bros.
     
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    In UT sometimes they call sweet potatoes yams and yams sweet potatoes. No fucking clue what's going on.
     
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    I've seen the two used interchangably. 90% of the time both names are on the label at the grocery store.

    You're fine.
     
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    I always thought they were the same thing.
     
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    Sweet Potato:
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    Yam:
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    retorq What up bitch??

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    God damned Mormons.
     
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    This sucks. I just bought like 5 lbs of Yams from Whole Foods :wtc:
     
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    Yea, no idea why the fucking do it and it pisses the hell out of me. I haven't seen a sweet potato labeled correctly since leaving FL.

    Didn't know they have to label it like that, the places out here don't seem to, and they also call the actual yams sweet potatoes further confusing the issue. I bet in a few years they'll just mix both of them all together in a giant bin with regular potatoes and label it "Things with starch". I don't trust the grocery stores any more, I always just find one scratched up or scratch a sliver of skin off to make sure what I'm buying is orange.
     
  10. jmezz

    jmezz layin in bed stretchin my pumped quads for hours

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    The yams don't look to be too unhealthy at all though. No fat, low sodium and good amt of carbs. :dunno:
     
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    If the amount of protein in a sweet potato vs a yam is throwing your diet off, you've got bigger problems :o

    But yeah the labeling is always a pita.
     
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    I think the names still go back and forth though. What I've been buying looks like the first picture and they're definitely labeled yams. At that grocery store when I asked about sweet potatoes they directed me to the yams.
     
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    jmezz layin in bed stretchin my pumped quads for hours

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    So are these things good for you or what?

    I have a can of these and nutrition info doesn't look bad at all.
     
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    :o i thought i was the only one confused with wtf sweet potatoes were.

    and you know what, i'm still confused because my market has the ones in your first pic labeled as yams and the other as sweet potatoes.
     
  16. Reduce.

    Reduce. Psychogenic Polydypsia? No. Just a small bladder.

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    i think it's the reverse of those pics...yams are the orange nasty tasting ones. sweet potatoes look and taste much like regular potatoes but are sweet. hence the name.
     
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    Eat that shit.
     
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    As faceman pointed out, all of America labels them differently the the rest of the world / science.

     
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    Wow, wtfconfusing.

    So what's better, the white one or the orange one? :wtf: Or are both orange? FML.
     
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    The one that has the texture of a potato is a sweet potato.

    The one that has the texture of a squash is a yam.
     
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    not exactly. in america you are almost certainly going to encounter the sweet potato. there are literally dozens of different strands of the only croppable species of the sweet potato with varied skin toughness, internal consistency, and flesh color (they come in purple, yet to nom on some of those myself).

    they are marketed as "yams" to differentiate between them and the regular white potato, but as was mentioned before they must also be labeled "sweet potato"

    the yam, which isn't closely related to the sweet potato at all, is only grown in parts of asia and africa, and you would be very hard pressed to find them in america. dunno wtf exactly you're eating, but sack up and eat it anyway, not like it's the difference in you becoming Mr Olympia.

    edit: good article, face.
     
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