Sweet potatoes are an incredibly healthy source of carbohydrates, and they’re one of my favorite foods. These tubers are not the same as other potatoes – they’re actually part of a completely different plant family.

Sweet potatoes are part of the morning glory family, whereas potatoes are nightshades. Additionally, sweet potatoes are often confused with yams, which are mostly grown in Africa. True yams are starchier and drier with tougher bark-like skin, while sweet potatoes have smooth, edible skin and are either firm or soft when cooked.

There are so many reasons to eat more of this sweet and tasty root vegetable. Here’s the short-list: …more