10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sweet Potatoes

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2. Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same

This is a very common mistake. Believe it or not, people use both of these vegetables interchangeably in recipes, even in supermarkets nobody seems to differentiate them, but they are botanically completely different. There are many differences between these two, but the main one is that they come from different plant families. As we said before, sweet potatoes are native to America, while yams come from Asia and Africa.

Most importantly, sweet potatoes are much more beneficial than yams; they have more nutrients and more fiber. You probably can’t tell the difference when you look at them, but yams are starchier and drier than sweet potatoes. If you want to exploit all the benefits of this amazing vegetable, make sure you get the right thing.