Terrific Tubers

These spuds are each tasty in their own right, but is one of these root veggies more deserving of a spot on your plate?

GOOD: POTATOES

Potatoes are often given a bad rap, but consider how one study showed them to leave you feeling more satiated when eaten with meat compared to other carbs such as rice and pasta. Plus, potatoes are lower in both sugar and fat than sweet potatoes and are also a good source of protein and fiber antioxidants.

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If potatoes are exposed to light while growing, they will turn green and poisonous.

CALORIES

124 (half cup, baked with skin)

BETTER: YAMS

Yams come originally from Asia and Africa. Often confused with sweet potatoes, yams actually have rough brown skin that is hard to peel and they tend to be drier, starchier, and less sweet. Although sweet potatoes edge them out in terms of certain nutrients, yams are a good source of potassium and fiber.

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Yams can be similar in size to sweet potatoes, but they can grow to weigh as much as 60 kilograms!

CALORIES

116 (half cup, baked with skin)

BEST: SWEET POTATOES

Long and tapered, the skin of sweet potatoes can range from yellow, red, brown, and purple with flesh that can be white, orange, purple. These starchy veggies originate from Central and South America. They are lower in calories, are lower on the glycemic index, and contain more beta carotene compared to yams.

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If you’ve always tossed the stems, leaves, and shoots into your green bin, you’re missing out on these edible and nutritious parts of these tubers.

CALORIES

90 (half cup, baked with skin)

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