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Potatoes at Underwood Farms

Potatoes at Underwood Farms

In the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, researchers released findings on the nutritional value of purple baked potatoes. They wanted to find out if they retained their anti-cancer properties even though they were cooked.

In the beginning researchers found that the baked potato extract suppressed the spread of colon cancer stem cells while killing off cancer cells. Researchers than tested the effect of the baked purple potatoes on mice with the cancer and found duplicated their results. The mice ate the equivalent of one large purple-fleshed potato per day.

Researchers believe that there may be several substances in the purple potatoes that work simultaneously to help kill the cancer stem cells in colon cancer, including anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid, and resistant starch.

I love potatoes!  Potatoes are my go to snack on the protocol.  It gives me my crunch fix and makes me feel like am being bad.  They can be high in methionine if your not careful.  I never eat more than a 200gm serving.  Never have that much if your not sure what you will be eating for the rest of the day.  You don’t want to come up short by dinner time.  I will be putting up some of my favorite recipes that really satisfy.

 

Sweet Potatoes and Yams at Underwood Farms

Sweet Potatoes and Yams at Underwood Farms

Did you know that what we believe to be yams are nothing more than a different variety of sweet potatoes?

Yup!  Yams are native to Africa and when slaves saw what resembled their native “yam” that’s what they called it and it stuck.  One has a firmer flesh than the other hence the confusion since the African yam has soft flesh vs the firmer flesh of our sweet potato.

Although yams and sweet potatoes are angiosperms (flowering plants), they are not related. Yams are a monocot (a plant having one embryonic seed leaf) and from the Dioscoreaceae or Yam family. What we know as ‘yams’, are a dicot (a plant having two embryonic seed leaves) and are from the Convolvulacea or morning glory family.

Yams are starchier and drier than sweet potatoes.

YammiesBecause what we know as yams are actually sweet potatoes the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires labels with the term ‘yam’ to be accompanied by the term ‘sweet potato.’ If you can even find true yams, your best chance is at an international market, otherwise you are probably eating sweet potatoes!

Sweet potatoes are on the Worlds Healthiest Foods list, so make sure you include them on your shopping list!  They are an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, its a good source of vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), iron, manganese, lutein, zeaxanthin and copper. The darker the skin color the more cancer fighting carotenoids (there have been more than 600 different carotenoids discovered so far and they are all cancer fighters).

If possible, include the skin in your recipes, as it has three times the amount of nutrients compared to the flesh. Unless a recipe really needs to have the skin removed I include it in my recipes. If I do have to remove it for any reason I will bake it in the oven making a type of chip out of them and then use them to snack on or garnish my dish.

 

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