Hello, I’m Titus Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and a type2 diabetic. Today I’m going to answer the question, are yams good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes shopping list, ‘The Diabetes Shopping List: Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid’ by clicking the link below.” Is it a sweet potato or a yam? Well, there is a lot of confusion in the United States about just that question. What you have called yams your entire life is probably just an orange sweet potato. According to the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, true yams come from the Caribbean and while they may look similar to the sweet potato, there are differences including taste, content of sugars and are very low in beta carotene.
So for the purposes of the question, we will be talking about those orange root vegetables that you may call yams, but are truly sweet potatoes. The name itself doesn’t sound like it would be good for diabetes does it? Sweet implies sugar which is an enemy to those of us who’s body doesn’t produce enough insulin. So at first glance we might immediately say that sweet potatoes can’t be good for diabetics.
But don’t judge a food by its name. Sweet potatoes are actually lower in carbs and sugar than say a russet or white potato. The glycemic impact on post meal blood sugar is minimal if eaten in moderation and carefully prepared. This mainly because sweet potatoes are higher in fiber, which helps negate the sugars or carbohydrates. In 2014, PubMed studied the effects on sweet potatoes on those with Type 2 diabetes. The study was small, only 140 participants who took 4 grams of sweet potatoes in capsule form each day with no difference in their normal menu. The result of the study was that after the study, the A1C of the group was lowered by 0.3%. The study concluded that there was insufficient evidence to show that the sweet potato was able to help control blood sugar in Type 2 diabetics. So, are sweet potatoes good for diabetes? Good? Yes. In choices of vegetables for your diabetic diet the sweet potato is an excellent choice. They are high in fiber and low in sugar.
Some have even called them a super food because they are an excellent source Vitamin A and C. They are also a great source for magnesium, potassium, vitamins B1 and B2 as well as niacin. However, be careful in your thoughts of sweet potatoes being good. They truly a great food, but when items like brown sugar, marshmallows and syrup are added to them for baking, their benefits are negated. I hope this answered your question if yams good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes shopping list by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes related questions. Thank you I am Titus Mason.