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Doctor insights on: The Disadvantages Of Sweet Potatoes And Yams

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What's the difference between sweet potatos and yams in terms of nutrition? Do they have the same health benefits?

What's the difference between sweet potatos and yams in terms of nutrition? Do they have the same health benefits?

Here's a link!: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-23-a.html

What is labelled "yam"in the U.S. (usually orange and high in beta-carotene) is actually a variety of the sweet potato, not the more starchy and dry "yam" originating in africa. ...Read more

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Will eating sweet potatoes or yams help raise progesterone levels? Or rather what foods/drinks may raise progesterone levels naturally?

Will eating sweet potatoes or yams help raise progesterone levels?  Or rather what foods/drinks may raise progesterone levels naturally?

No, and none: Sweet potatoes and yams do not contain actual Progesterone at all, that is not a matter of debate in 2014. Further they do not contain anything that acts like Progesterone (progestogenic), most contain plant chemical that are estrogenic in action. You can raise Progesterone by supplementing progesterone, but why do you want to do this? ...Read more

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Do sweet potatoes contain estrogen? If yes, is it bad?

Do sweet potatoes contain estrogen? If yes, is it bad?

Yes and no: The amount is so low that it does not have an effect on the person eating the sweet potatoes. It has been estimated that in order to consume enough sweet potatoes to reach a level of estrogen contained in one days production of estrogen from a normal reproductive age ovary would require over a 2400 pounds of sweet potatoes. ...Read more

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I am allergic to white potatoes but not sweet potatoes. Why?

I am allergic to white potatoes but not sweet potatoes. Why?

Apples & oranges: They are two entirely different botanical products like apples and oranges. By the way, white potato allergy is very rare. Wonder if you only noted allergic reaction (if that's what it is) only when you eat the peel as in the case of baked potato. ...Read more

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Why are sweet potato french fries healthier than white potato french fries?

Why are sweet potato french fries healthier than white potato french fries?

Sweet potatoes: Have more fiber, fewer total carbs, more vitamin a and c. But keep in mind that fries whether white or sweet potato are still not healthy. All in moderation. Take care! ...Read more

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Is it more nutritional to eat a regular baked potato or a baked sweet potato?

Is it more nutritional to eat a regular baked potato or a baked sweet potato?

Food Questions: I do not know what you mean by nutritious. They are both carbohydrate calories (100%). The sweet potato is a complex carbohydrate, meaning this is better for overall diet and correct calories. The regular baked potato is just simple carbs. It is just simply sugar when it is digested. ...Read more

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What's a healthy french fry substitute recipe for baked sweet potatoes fries?

What's a healthy french fry substitute recipe for baked sweet potatoes fries?

Recipe...: This is my first health tap recipe. Cut the sweet potatoes the size of french fries. (the thinned you cut them,. The faster they cook.) Put them in a plastic bag with some olive oil and shake to coat them. (you can use a bowl if you wish.) Bake in a 400 degree oven until done. Season to taste and enjoy. ...Read more

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Are sweet potato fries healthy or just a healthier choice than regular french fries?

Are sweet potato fries healthy or just a healthier choice than regular french fries?

Healthy choices: Sweet potatoes are a healthy food — frying them makes them less healthy. However, they are a healthier choice than regular french fries. Take care. ...Read more

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I have made a sweet potato baked on a sheet of aluminum foil at least 4-5 nights a week for the past two years. Will that have a lasting health effect?

I have made a sweet potato baked on a sheet of aluminum foil at least 4-5 nights a week for the past two years. Will that have a lasting health effect?

Not likely: I trust that you are not eating the skin on the sweet potato. The amount of aluminum getting into the food is not likely to cause a lasting effect even if you ate the skin. Just to be sure you may wish to wrap the potato in paper suitable for baking (parchment paper) and then wrap it in aluminum. ...Read more

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Regular potato or sweet potato fries healthier?

Neither: Foods that are deep fired are not healthy choices. If you must, choose sweet potatoes. ...Read more

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Is it generally good to eat a whole big sweet potato?

Is it generally good to eat a whole big sweet potato?

Yes. Does have ...: Modest carbs, but with more vitamins, minerals, and fiber than a regular potato! Hence, lower glycemic index! I enjoy them with regularity! ...Read more

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Allergy of sweet potato, is it possible?

Allergy of sweet potato, is it possible?

Yes, but uncommon: Sweet potato has been identified as a trigger of food induced colitis in infants. This is an unusual disorder. Theoretically, any food can potentially trigger an allergic disorder. Sweet potato would be an uncommon cause. An allergist can test specifically for sweet potato to help sort this out. ...Read more

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Can eating sweet potatoes be a cure for diabetes?

Can eating sweet potatoes be a cure for diabetes?

Not a cure.: A sweet potatoe is not a cure for diabetes. But it may be a better food choice for a diabetic than a regular potatoe. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a sweet potato trigger an allergy?

Please tell me, could a sweet potato trigger an allergy?

Not sure: It would be unusual for one to be allergic to sweet potatoes but possible. Not sure what is meant by can a sweet potatoe trigger an allergy. ...Read more

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If 7mnth old is allergic to carrots & sweet potatoes, could she have a reaction to mangos?

If 7mnth old is allergic to carrots & sweet potatoes, could she have a reaction to mangos?

Yes: Mangoes are not in the same families as carrots ; sweet potatoes, so having those specific allergies doesn't increase her chance, but someone with some food allergies often has other food allergies as well ; anyone can be allergic to mangoes.
Try to find why your baby has food allergies- see http://www.Leakygut. Co. Uk/allergies. Htm ;
http://home. Allergicchild. Com/possible-causes-of-food-allergies/. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat raw sweet potatoes? Were supposed to serve them to kids for lunch at school.

Is it safe to eat raw sweet potatoes?  Were supposed to serve them to kids for lunch at school.

Safe? Yes. But Raw?: Raw? That is bizarre. Excuse my frankness. What possible value would that have to a school lunch? Raw is not unhealthy, but it seems extremely unappetizing. ...Read more

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I have a friend who lives on boiled sweet potatoes (no butter) and egg whites. Is this healthy?

I have a friend who lives on boiled sweet potatoes (no butter) and egg whites.  Is this healthy?

Probably not: Extremes of diet are never good unless there is a very specific reason to have to do this. Eating a balanced diet is the proper way to get the nutrients you need for daily living and a healthy body. By limiting a diet, you limit certain vitamins, nutriets and other essentials. ...Read more

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Are sweet potato fries a healthy substitute for french fries? What's a good, healthy recipe for them?

Not really: The issue with fries is the fact that whether regular potato or sweet potato, they are generally prepared by deep frying which infuses a lot of fat into the fry. A better way to prepare them is to use raw potatoes so you know what you are starting with (prepackaged sometimes have salty and fatty additives). Then bake the fries instead of frying them. Good taste and healthier. ...Read more

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When we start feeding him things like sweet potatoes, peas, carrots etc. How much formula should we be feeding him as well?

When we start feeding him things like sweet potatoes, peas, carrots etc. How much formula should we be feeding him as well?

Ans: Feed on demand as you start introducing foods your formula will continue the baby will take what he wants to feel full and then stop when full. ...Read more

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Hello, I ate a little of brocolli and a whole sweet potatoe, was that a healthy dinner? And are sweet potatoes healthy? I heard they weren't

Hello, I ate a little of brocolli and a whole sweet potatoe, was that a healthy dinner? And are sweet potatoes healthy? I heard they weren't

Partially: Both are healthy vegetables, but your diet should contain more than vegetables alone. Add beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains and fruits if you are vegan. Add wild fish like salmon if you are not. ...Read more

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Do mangos or sweet potatoes aid in weight gain?

Do mangos or sweet potatoes aid in weight gain?

Depends: Normal consumption of mangos & sweet potatoes along with normal exercise should not cause significant weight gain. Over indulgence is another story. ...Read more

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Can a sweet potato constipate you and are they fattening or healthy food?

Can a sweet potato constipate you and are they fattening or healthy food?

Big picture: Whole societies have lived primarily on sweet potatoes. Don't let anybody give you a hard time if you like them. You do need to get with a sensible physician if you're chronically constipated as you indicate you are. If fiber in the diet and plenty of water don't get things going, checks for hypothyroidism, porphyria and even mild hirschsprung's are appropriate. ...Read more

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Hello dr, does sweet potatoes really works to reduce upper arm fat?please help?

Hello dr, does sweet potatoes really works to reduce upper arm fat?please help?

Not likely: No food works on one specific area of fat. Reducing the overall body fat will result in a more uniform shape. Exercise to build muscle mass like yoga or resistance training can help make arms more shapely. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more