Sweet potatoes are popular during this time of the year. They are available all year round, however they are most abundant during the fall and early winter.

These sweet vegetables are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin B6, folate, and potassium. They’re also a good source of riboflavin, magnesium, iron and thiamin. On top of all these nutrients, you also obtain a good amount of fiber and complex carbohydrates, which help control blood sugar levels and appetite.

Sweet potatoes are available in two basic types: orange-fleshed and yellow-fleshed. The orange-fleshed variety is sweeter, and moist. Sweet potatoes are often mistakenly called “yams.” A true yam is a root vegetable found in Africa and Asia, and is not actually related to sweet potatoes. When selecting sweet potatoes, look for ones that are heavy for their size. Also look for smooth, hard, sweet potatoes that are free of spots or sunken areas.

Depending on your Diet Center Program, you may enjoy baked sweet potatoes. Since they are a starchy vegetable, a ½ -cup serving counts as 1 starch exchange. Treat yourself to sweet potatoes; they’re sweet in taste and nutrition!