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Sweet potatoes- Starch or vegetable?


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I love sweet potatoes! In fact, I'm having some for dinner tonight.

But would they be considered the "starch" part of the meal, the "vegetable" part of the meal, or both? If I have a sweet potato, do I also need to have another non-starchy vegetable with it?

I'm trying to eat a balanced diet.

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I would consider it a starch.

According to this site, an example of a vegetable serving size is half of a baked sweet potato, so I think you would be fine counting that as both your starch and vegetable for the meal: http://nutrition.about.com/od/fruitsandvegeta bles/f/servingfruit.htm

im sorry, but who cares????????

its a vegetable, what does it matter?

Original Post by agruskin:

im sorry, but who cares????????

its a vegetable, what does it matter?

I couldn't agree more

Most vegetables are going to be largely carbohydrates, so it doesn't matter if you have a "starch" with broccoli, because the broccoli is still going to be a carb. If you're trying to make sure you're getting a balanced diet, make sure your meal consists of protein, carbs, and a little bit of (good) fat. But that's what the nutrition analysis tool is for anyway, so you can get a visual representation of the nutrients you're getting from your diet. There's no hard and fast rule about "eat one type of vegetable with dinner in conjunction with another", or at least none that I've heard of. You should be getting lots of fruits and vegetables, regardless, but make no mistake about it, they're all a source of carbohydrates. 

(Just so we're all clear, though, carbs are not our enemies.)

Just get lots of different colors. 

Sweet potatoes are excellent for you. They are considered one of the top 10 "super foods" I eat half a baked sweet potato 4 days a week packed in my lunch. They are delicious. I top them with cottage cheese. May not sound good but it is.  They are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber.

http://www.foodreference.com/html/sweet-pot-n utrition.html

 http://www.fitfaq.com/11-super-foods.html

Eat and enjoy.

Whatever you call them, it's always a good idea to have something green on your plate, so why not add a green vegetable as well?  (In my house, we have decided that cauliflower also counts as 'green' since it's basically the same species as cabbage and broccoli.)

I would consider it a starchy vegetable & would eat it with some form of protein.

Extra green veggies never hurt, though!

It is a starch but a very healthy starch.... unless of course you top it off with sugar, butter, marshmallows, etc... but a nice sprinkle of cinnamon and stevia makes it a healthy treat! :)

Hmmm...with cottage cheese? May try that! Was also thinking about using Greek yogurt as sour cream...I am hooked on Greek yogurt!

I peel and chop sweet potatoes and roast them in the oven with garlic, basil, black pepper and just a little olive oil. Yummy!

In fact I just bought a bag on Friday and this post reminded me I need to cook them. Laughing

Laura

Original Post by chixtwix455:

Original Post by agruskin:

im sorry, but who cares????????

its a vegetable, what does it matter?

I couldn't agree more

 Exactly...Since when do we have to label our meals with "starch parts" and "vegetable parts"? Why do people insist on making things so difficult with regard to nutrition? Just eat natural, whole foods and eat a variety of them every day within your energy requirements.

Original Post by dbhadra:

Hmmm...with cottage cheese? May try that! Was also thinking about using Greek yogurt as sour cream...I am hooked on Greek yogurt!

I peel and chop sweet potatoes and roast them in the oven with garlic, basil, black pepper and just a little olive oil. Yummy!

In fact I just bought a bag on Friday and this post reminded me I need to cook them.

Laura

 I have also used greek yogurt and it is very good. I use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.

Starch is fattening. It might not be bad for you, but you will definitely not lose weight eating starch.

Original Post by lobizao:

Starch is fattening. It might not be bad for you, but you will definitely not lose weight eating starch.

 This might take the prize for the most ignorant nutrition related post of the day! As a reg. dietitian, this makes me laugh...Thanks! ;)

Also, you are posting to a thread that is over a year old...

 

It's a starchy-vegetable! :) They are incredibly healthy but don't go NUTS eating them. If you have a yam/sweet potato at dinner, go for a non-starchy vegetable as the second side dish. Mixing spinach with sweet potatoes is a fabulous and delish idea.

They're amazing, thats what they are.

Yesterday had two sweet potatoes baked and covered in cinnamon and honey...mmm...

If you are on a starch free diet due to health reasons it is important to know which foods are high in starch. Everybody knows it is a vegetable.

Botanically, they're vegetables.  Nutritionally, they're starches.  But they're some of the best starches.  (Learn to eat them with the peel on for added fiber.)

I love sweet Potatos and often make sheppard pie with ground chicken an sweet potato top!

 

I really recommend it!

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