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Sweet potatoes are not yams. What is marketed in the U.S. as a sweet potato is usually a potato with a pale skin and creamy yellow flesh. These are closely related to russet potatoes and are drier and not very sweet.
What is usually sold as a yam in the U.S. is actually the darker skinned sweet potato. The thick orange skin is tough and fibrous and the flesh is moist and also has a rich orange color.
1 cup yams: 177 calories; 0g fat; 0mg cholesterol; 13mg sodium; 42g carbohydrate; 6g fiber; 1g sugars; 2g protein; 4% RDA Vitamin A; 43% RDA Vitamin C; 3% RDA Calcium; 4% RDA Iron; 4mcg Vitamin K