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Are Sweet Potatoes Good for You?

There’s more to sweet potatoes than the sugary pies and casseroles served at Thanksgiving. Separate this tasty tuber from the brown sugar and marshmallows often added to them, and you’ve got yourself a healthy ingredient that’s also inexpensive and delicious.

“Sweet potatoes are a wonderful way to get natural sweetness along with health benefits,” says Joan Salge Blake, RDN, a nutrition professor at Boston University.

People often assume sweet potatoes are a less healthy relative of the white potato because of the word “sweet” in the name and the rich flavor that develops when they’re roasted. Ounce for ounce, though, a sweet potato and a russet or other regular white potato have around the same amount of calories, carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Read more…

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