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Reasons to Eat Sweet Potatoes
A 1/2 cup of sweet potatoes provides:
- an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C.
- a good source of fiber, vitamin B6, and potassium.
- California ranks third in sweet potato production behind North Carolina and Louisiana.
- Approximately 4.2 pounds of sweet potatoes per capita are consumed annually in the United States.
- It would take 23 cups of broccoli to provide the same amount of vitamin A as one medium sweet potato!
- The sweet potato - a root - is commonly confused with the yam, which is a tuber belonging to another family. The confusion began over 100 years ago when farmers and stores marketed sweet potatoes as “yams” and the name stuck. Despite recent branding regulations by the USDA, sweet potatoes are still widely known as “yams.”
- Choose firm, dark, dry, and smooth sweet potatoes without wrinkles, bruises, sprouts, or moldy spots. One decayed spot can make the entire sweet potato taste bad, even when cut away.
- Do not store sweet potatoes in the refrigerator. To keep fresh, store in a dry, cool place.
- Do not wash sweet potatoes until you are ready to cook them.
- At room temperature, sweet potatoes should be used within one week.