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Old 12-30-2008, 09:14 AM   #41
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Yep, we had 'em when we went to Fuddrucker's on our trip to Texas earlier this month. They also serve the sweet 'tater fries at the Cruisin' Cafe at A1A & Main St. in Daytona Beach, FL. And we just had some the other night for dinner, that come from the grocer's freezer case....don't recall the brand...but they were most excellent (deep fried of course!).
Deep fried is yummy

We'll often have them baked these days - some places offer a baked yam as an alternative to baked potato.
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There's not a lot of difference between the 2 of them, although a lot more carbs in potatoes. (data from here)

Baked Yams - 1 serving (136g)
Cals 158
Fat 0
Fiber 5g
Sodium 11mg
protein 2g
Carbs 37g

Baked Potato - 1 serving (139g)
Cals 128
Fat 0
Fiber 3g
Sodium 14mg
protein 3g
Carbs 63g
Data on the baked potato looks fishy. 66 grams of carbs & protein times 4 calories per gram equals 264 calories vs. the 128 listed.
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Data on the baked potato looks fishy. 66 grams of carbs & protein times 4 calories per gram equals 264 calories vs. the 128 listed.
Good spot - thanks

I've fixed it it - it should have been 29g carbs

- maybe eating yams affects the eysight
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Good spot - thanks

I've fixed it it - it should have been 29g carbs

- maybe eating yams affects the eysight
One of the biggest differences that doesn't show up in your comparison is the glycemic index. The GI for yams is a lot lower than it is for white potatoes, which helps establish them as "healthier".
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One of the biggest differences that doesn't show up in your comparison is the glycemic index. The GI for yams is a lot lower than it is for white potatoes, which helps establish them as "healthier".
Agreed - I wonder if the GI will ever be posted on the nutrition labels?
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One of the biggest differences that doesn't show up in your comparison is the glycemic index. The GI for yams is a lot lower than it is for white potatoes, which helps establish them as "healthier".
I have been wondering if the GI is determined by the food itself, or the entire mix of foods in the meal. IOW, is offsetting some High-GI food with some low-GI food in a meal similar to eating a meal of only medium-GI food.

wiki seemed to indicate that is the case, but it may be a complex relationship.

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With Weight Watchers the fiber content reduces the WW point value of a meal. I believe this is because the fiber (particularly soluble fiber) binds to the other food stuffs and reduces absorption as it passes through the gut (probably by speeding the passage?)
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My DD did not like baked potatoes, so we generally eat baked sweet potatoes. Now that she no longer lives at home, I am going to do baked potatoes also. I love meat loaf and I think that there is a rule that you can't eat meat loaf without mashed potatoes. If not, I will make it a rule! I have not even heard of resistant starches. There is something new to learn about all the time and site teaches me so many things.
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