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Old 06-06-2016, 09:08 PM   #1
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Sweet Potatoes, New Info to Me

I thoroughly enjoy sweet potatoes. They are nutritious, taste great, and are easy to prepare. Just pop 'em in the oven, right? Not if you're diabetic.

I've checked numerous sites for both the glycemic load and glycemic index for sweet potatoes, and they are medium load values, which makes them a good choice for diabetics. But hold the phone. Whether they are good for you or not depends on how they are prepared, and I'm not talking a casserole dish of sweet spuds with orange juice, all covered with melted and browned marshmallows!

When sweet potatoes are baked, the natural starches in the tuber transform into sugar, and more importantly, the available fiber is not available to the body. The humble sweet potato rises to the top of the glycemic index and loads, yup, close to pure sugar.

When sweet potatoes are boiled, the starch remains starchy, and the soluble fiber jells, which then causes both the complex carbs, and the simple carbs to absorb into the body very slowly. That's when the sweet spud becomes a powerhouse of nutrition, with medium-low impact on blood sugar. Also, the sweet potato gets some of its sweet favor from a compound called inulin, which doesn't affect blood sugar, and is a pre-biotic that feeds gut flora, making the good microbes in your gut healthier.

So go ahead and enjoy sweet potatoes. Just boil them rather than bake them.

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Old 06-06-2016, 11:24 PM   #2
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That's interesting Chief. Especially to see how the nutritional make up changes depending how they are cooked.

I notice we have fresh sweet potatoes year round the last several years, not just for holidays anymore. And, the other day I saw them in 5 lb bags instead of singular or by the lb.
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Old 06-07-2016, 12:52 AM   #3
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Hmmm. I wonder how they work diced and used in place of potatoes in a stew. I like to turnips that way, but sweet potatoes? Gonna have to try it.
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:03 PM   #4
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I have long used diced sweet potatoes in place of carrots in soups and stews, for those who thought they did not like carrots. And the sweet potatoes really do taste better than carrots.
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:13 PM   #5
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I love sweet potatoes - wonder if steaming would produce the same/similar effect as boiling?


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Old 06-07-2016, 03:18 PM   #6
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I'm diabetic, but I can't eat sweet potatoes. They spike my blood sugar like nobody's business!
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:32 PM   #7
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That's interesting Chief. Especially to see how the nutritional make up changes depending how they are cooked...
I'm guessing it's the temperature level. With boiling, the temperature never exceeds 212ºF. With baking it goes higher. The higher heat triggers the chemical change.
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:57 PM   #8
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I love sweet potatoes - wonder if steaming would produce the same/similar effect as boiling?
If it's the temperature, as Andy surmised, steaming is a higher temperature than boiling - around 250 degrees. So - not sure
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If it's the temperature, as Andy surmised, steaming is a higher temperature than boiling - around 250 degrees. So - not sure
Steam at atmospheric pressure is 212F. If they are steamed in a steamer then same temp as boiling. If steamed in a pressure cooker (or rice cooker) then the temp will be higher.
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Old 06-07-2016, 07:28 PM   #10
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I have long used diced sweet potatoes in place of carrots in soups and stews, for those who thought they did not like carrots. And the sweet potatoes really do taste better than carrots.
What a wonderful idea! It would never have occured to me. Carrots are not mu favorite but I use them when a recipe calls for them. Next time I'll try sweet potatoes instead. Thanks!
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