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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Betcha never ate a sweet potato like this before!

As I mentioned I'll be posting tidbits of various books from the library and a discount bookstore. Here is a recipe from, "Juice!" by Pippa Cuthbert & Lindsay Cameron Wilson:

This thick juice, although earthy in color, tricks the tongue with a mysteriously strawberry-like flavor.

1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 orange, peeled and halved
1 banana peeled.

Juice the sweet potato and orange. Blend with the banana. "

The recipe says to juice, but I just blended them together for a while. I ate this with a spoon! It is GOOD!

Another note says that sweet potatoes are often confused with yams - sweet potatoes are slightly sweeter and longer. I live in the Midwest and it seems all I can find are yams (yams are also more orange in color). In my version, I used a Japanese sweet potato that I had bought at an Asian store.


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    OOOOOHHHHHHHH FLAMENM I want that recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!
    999 days ago
    I tried a sweet potato smoothie last night. With cinnamon and other spices, I would have sworn I was eating a pumpkin pie.
    999 days ago
  • IRP1114
    YUM. That does sound good. Thanks for sharing : )!
    1000 days ago
    May not have changed in 30 years but neither have the later studies that refuted the original claim. I base my decisions on science... and reading something someone posts on the internet is not science to me. If you can find published studies in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (the original study is no longer included the database) or another source... sure. And, if sweet potatoes were so dangerous... I'm sure there would be more published studies and knowledge about it than anecdotal stories of someone who got a stomach ache after eating one.

    As well, the author of the recipe book has degrees in Nutrition and Food Science and works as a freelance food stylist, food writer and recipe developer in New Zealand and in the U.K.

    Everyone can make their own choice. Personally, I won't live in internet-based fear...
    1001 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Do you think human physiology or sweet potato itself has changed that much in 30 years? Eating it once in a while isn't going to kill you, but on a regular basis it can interfere with your health. Worse for some people they could have strong reaction to the enzymes:

    Chelsea March 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    I have to agree with David here. I recently ate raw sweet potato and have come down with a nasty case of stomach cramps and bloated belly. Really, unless you have a very strong stomach, it is advised that you don’t eat sweet potato raw because of the trypsin inhibitors.

    I have been told this by my primary care doctor (I called when I started developing the issues) as well as seen in on various websites on the internet… and now I have the unfortunate experience of knowing exactly why.

    Just… well… proceed with caution when you try this recipe, y’all. Please.
    1001 days ago
    @THINFITRAWKIND, I don't particularly care for yams either (except possibly baked, with a bit of brown sugar!) but I LOVE sweet potatoes ! :)
    1001 days ago
    1001 days ago
    Not into juicing, but the ingredients sound good.

    HOPE that you got de-stressed with jumping rope! HUGS
    1002 days ago
    I tried juicing a yam on my last 92 day juice feast. I won't do it again! LOL But your recipe does sound very good and very healthy.
    1002 days ago
    Hmmm. Looks like that came from a study almost 30 years ago, in the context of if it was associated with a rare child-borne illness in Paupau New Guinea, and was later disputed by two other studies. This the main thing I could find of note recently, that was published in 2008, showing that same trypsin inhibitor in sweet potatoes as being good for people with hypertension:
    I don't tend to let natural foods scare me from eating them, especially when eaten in variety and balance with other natural foods... but sure, if anyone wants to cook their sweet potatoes first, the drink probably would taste similarly.
    1002 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Sorry, but good thing you told us. You could have gone on eating this thing for months/years without knowing.

    Sweet Potato

    Sweet potato shows trypsin inhibitor activity. That means it contains an enzyme inhibitor that blocks the action of trypsin, an enzyme that digests proteins. The trypsin inhibitor prevents the digestion of protein. Sweet potatoes with higher protein levels have more of the trypsin inhibitor. This makes raw sweet potato difficult to digest. The trypsin inhibitor is deactivated by cooking.

    1002 days ago
    @Skater787: No, I just used it raw!
    1002 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Is the sweet potato cooked?
    1002 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    1002 days ago
    I love sweet potato here we call them kumara and we have white skin, purple skin and orange skins and each one tastes a bit different.
    1002 days ago
    I sure have !! I love - banana , 1/2 avocado , fresh pineapple !
    1002 days ago
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