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    Descriptive info: .. Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission.. Wellness.. Vitamin C has been associated with an increase in blood levels of "good" cholesterol, which lowers the risk of heart disease,.. More.. About.. Recipes.. Facts.. Media.. Nutritional Info.. Affiliations.. Teachers Kids.. Canners Shippers.. Links.. Contact.. Side Dishes.. Two Potato Roast.. I turn to this so-simple-to-prepare side for a guaranteed hit.. The proof: I never have any.. Sweet Potato and Vegetable Kabobs.. These kabobs can be all veggies or you can add beef or chicken if desired.. Not only do the.. Sweet Potato, Black Bean  ...   black beans.. See All.. Click here to see all of our recipes in this category.. $3,500 in prizes.. Sweet Rewards Recipe Contest.. If you love creating new recipes and have the creative culinary skills, we have the perfect contest for you!.. Sweet Potato Facts.. Always use a stainless steel knife when cutting a sweet potato.. Using a carbon.. Teachers & Kids.. Fun & Games.. Meet Yamster the Hamster!.. Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.. 5825 Florida Blvd.. , Baton Rouge, LA 70806.. Copyright 2012 All rights reserved..

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    Descriptive info: As Americans' waistbands steadily expand, more and more emphasis is being put on overall wellness, or the state of being in good health.. Healthy habits for lifelong wellness include the consumption of nutritious foods in reasonable portions and regular physical activity.. The US Department of Agriculture and the National Cancer Institute recommend diets that provide 6 mg of beta-carotene a day.. The ideal way to get the daily recommended amount of beta-carotene is by including bright orange and dark green vegetables in your diet.. An easy orange vegetable to include in your diet is the sweet potato, which contains four times the daily recommended amount of beta-carotene.. The National Cancer Institute recommends that people eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, especially vegetables that are rich in vitamins A and C (like sweet potatoes).. Vegetables and fruits contain more than 100 beneficial vitamins, minerals, fibers and other substances, including phytochemicals (chemical compounds such as carotenoids, flavonoids, terpenes, sterols, indoles and phenols, created by plants).. A study conducted by the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland gave 21 HIV-positive people 180 mg (300,000 IU) of beta-carotene every day for four weeks, resulting in several indicators of their "helper" T cell activity increasing significantly over the people who were given a look-alike-but-inactive placebo, whose indicators dropped.. "Helper" T cells are the primary target of the HIV virus, and the body's ability to fight infections diminishes as their levels drop.. A study conducted by Johns Hopkins University researchers linked high levels of beta-carotene with a lower incidence of lung cancer, which kills approximately 145,000 Americans every year.. According to the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, beta-carotene is one of a large group of substances called carotenoids, which are generally found in the same fruits and vegetables, and which may also have anticancer  ...   effect of a low-fat diet.. UC Berkeley Wellness Letter January 2001.. Fiber may also lower your risk of colon cancer, says Peter Greenwald, MD, director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control of the National Cancer Institute.. Experts believe that fiber may increase bulk in the colon, thereby "diluting" possible cancer promoting substances (carcinogens) that are found in food or formed during digestion.. 9 steps to lowering your cancer risk.. Don't smoke tobacco causes more cancer than any other contributor.. If nobody used tobacco, the total incidence and death rate from cancer would fall by about one third.. Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains diet causes about 1/3 of all cancer cases.. If a plant-based diet were the norm, cancer incidence might fall by yet another third.. Eat less animal fat diets high in animal fat have shown up in several studies as a risk factor for prostate and colon cancer.. Don't cook meats at very high temperatures cooking meats over an open flame creates compounds known to promote certain cancers, but occasional barbecues are probably not harmful.. Limit alcohol intake moderate alcohol intake may help prevent heart disease, but excessive alcohol can cause cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.. Be active in the past 10 years, studies have suggested that exercise helps prevent breast and prostate cancer, and there's solid evidence that it can prevent colon cancer.. Control your weight being significantly overweight puts you at risk for diseases such as stroke and heart disease and possibly for certain cancers (uterine and postmenopausal breast cancer in women and colon and prostate cancer in men).. Limit exposure to sun cumulative sun exposure is responsible for most skin cancers, which account for about 2% of cancer deaths.. Limit workplace exposure to chemicals cancer causing chemicals include asbestos, benzene and formaldehyde..

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    Descriptive info: The Louisiana Sweet Potato Advertising and Marketing Commission is made up of 11 members, appointed by the Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, to represent growers, shippers, processors and bankers.. The mission of the Commission is to promote the consumption of sweet potatoes, in particular Louisiana sweet potatoes, by educating consumers on the yam s many nutritional attributes and its amazing versatility in popular,  ...   Louisiana s capital city of Baton Rouge in the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, under the direction of Commissioner Mike Strain.. Our Spokesperson.. Holly Clegg.. www.. hollyclegg.. com.. Holly Berkowitz Clegg has developed a national reputation for her easy, everyday, healthier approach to cooking and entertaining.. She is the cooking expert for the Food Channel on iVillage.. com, the #1 Women's Web site..

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    Descriptive info: Search Our Recipes.. Breakfast.. Breads.. Appetizers & Snacks.. Soups.. Sweet Rewards Recipe Contest.. Side Dishes.. Main Dishes.. Desserts.. Salads..

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    Descriptive info: Yams should not be refrigerated unless cooked.. Store at 55 degrees to 65 degrees F.. Using a carbon blade will cause the yam to darken.. Sweet potatoes are stored in temperature and humidity controlled warehouses that extend the yam's shelf life for the entire year.. So the "season" for fresh yams is 12 months.. Canned yams are also available year round.. When selecting fresh yams, choose those that are smooth, plump, dry and clean.. One cup of canned sweet potatoes equals one medium-sized, cooked fresh sweet potato.. When using canned yams, add them at the end of the recipe because they are already pre-cooked.. Metal skewers are a must for root veggies such as sweet potatoes.. Because the metal heats through and cooks the inside of the vegetables while the outside is seared by the coals, cooking times are shortened.. Grill on an open or closed grill over medium-hot coals until vegetables begin browning and are tender when pierced with a skewer, about 15 to 20 minutes.. True yams (from tropical and subtropical regions of the world) contain more starch and less sugar than sweet potatoes -- and they must be cooked before eaten.. African slaves in the South called the sweet potato "nyami" because it reminded them of the starchy, edible tuber of that name that grew in their homeland.. The Senegalese word "nyami" was eventually shortened to "yam.. ".. "Yam" also refers to sweet potatoes that are grown in Louisiana.. When the  ...   were already growing sweet potatoes when Columbus arrived on America's shores in 1492.. Both Louis XV's and Empress Josephine's fondness of the sweet potato encouraged two short periods of popularity for this veggie in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.. Orange, leafy green, and red fruits and veggies such a sweet potatoes, are full of beta-carotene/vitamin A which regulates cell production and turnover so skin's surface is smooth.. Sweet potatoes grown in Louisiana are commonly referred to as "yams".. The sweet potato is not a potato or even a distant cousin.. Potatoes are tubers; sweet potatoes are roots.. Louisiana offers ideal soil and climate conditions to grow sweet potatoes.. The CSPI ranked the sweet potato at 184 in nutritional value, more than 100 points ahead of the baked Idaho potato, spinach or broccoli.. Sweet potatoes provide twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A.. Sweet potatoes provide more than one-third of the daily requirements of vitamin C.. Sweet potatoes are an important source of beta-carotene, vitamin B6, iron, potassium and fiber.. Studies have consistently shown that a high intake of beta carotene-rich vegetables and fruits, like sweet potatoes, can significantly reduce the risks for certain types of cancer.. Sweet potatoes contain virtually no fat or sodium.. Sweet potatoes that are a pretty, bright, orange color are richest in beta-carotene.. It takes six to eight weeks after harvest for sweet potatoes to reach their peak in sweetness when baked.. February is National Potato Lovers Month!..

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    Descriptive info: Sweet potatoes grown in Louisiana are commonly referred to as yams.. Sweet potatoes produced in the northern states are mostly firm and tend to be drier, more mealy, and yellow in flesh.. People in Louisiana enjoy the second type, soft , which is higher in natural sugar, is more moist, and has a bright orange flesh color.. Most often it is the soft type which is referred to as a yam.. Sweet potatoes have been growing in the South since as early as 1648.. The sweet potato was ranked number one in nutrition of all vegetables by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).. One medium sweet potato holds 130 calories, 0.. 39 g of fat, 2.. 15 g of protein, 31.. 56 g of net carbs, 3.. 9 g of dietary fiber, 28.. 6 mg of calcium, 16.. 9 mg of sodium, 265.. 2 mg of potassium, 18.. 2 mcg of folate, 29.. 51 mg of vitamin C and 26081.. 9 IU of vitamin A.. In 2004, nearly 12 million Americans are counting carbohydrates as part of the South Beach and Atkins diet plans.. Sweet potatoes are introduced in the later phases of these diets as an acceptable food because they are nutrient-rich.. Sweet potatoes rank significantly lower than white potatoes in the glycemic index, which explains why both carb-counting diets encourage substituting yams for Idaho potatoes.. The Atkins Diet recommends introducing 10 grams of carbs in Phase 3 of the diet plan.. Sweet potatoes have 10 grams of carbohydrates for every 1/4  ...   degrees, and the air is very moist (about 90 or 95 percent humidity).. After they are cured, the sweet potatoes are stored in a cooler place of about 55 or 60 degrees.. The coolness helps them keep from sprouting or becoming dry and tough.. So the season for fresh yams is 12 months.. Ideally, fresh sweet potatoes should be cooked within a week or two of being purchased; however, they may be stored for up to one month.. Across the nation, 98,300 acres of sweet potatoes were planted in 2004.. Approximately 4.. 2 pounds of sweet potatoes per capita are consumed annually in the U.. S.. Sweet potatoes are more nutritious if cooked with the skin on.. Sweet potatoes should be washed and dried thoroughly before being cooked.. Sweet potatoes should not be refrigerated unless cooked.. Storage at low temperatures can cause flavor loss.. Sweet potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area at approximately 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.. Using a carbon blade will cause the sweet potato to darken.. Always choose firm, fairly well shaped sweet potatoes with skin somewhat even in color and free of blemishes.. Canned sweet potatoes are precooked.. Add canned sweet potatoes at the end of the recipe to avoid overcooking.. One (15-oz.. ) can of sweet potatoes is equivalent to 1 cup of fresh sweet potatoes.. For additional information, visit www.. sweetpotato.. org.. or write to the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, P.. O.. Box 2550, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2550.. History.. Media Retailers.. Press Releases.. Spokesperson.. Photos and Illustrations..

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    Descriptive info: Nutritional Information.. Nutrition information per serving of one medium sweet potato:.. Calories.. : 130.. Calories from fat:.. 0.. 39 g.. Protein:.. 2.. 15 g.. Carbohydrate.. : 31.. 56 g.. Dietary Fiber:.. 3.. 9 g.. Sodium:.. 16.. 9 mg.. Potassium:.. 265.. 2 mg.. Calcium:.. 28.. 6 mg.. Folate.. : 18.. 2 mcg.. Vitamin C.. : 29.. 51 mg.. Vitamin A.. : 26081.. 9 IU.. Source:.. National Agricultural Library (NAL),.. part of the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture.. The Center for Public Interest (CSPI) ranks the sweet potato as one of the most nutritious vegetables.. The sweet potato is also an important source of vitamin B6, iron, potassium and fiber.. Sweet potatoes contain virtually no fat and are low in sodium.. Sweet potatoes stand out from nuts and avocados as a source of vitamin E because they are fat free.. Most vitamin E-rich foods are fatty, such as vegetable oils.. Sweet potatoes help to promote a healthy digestive tract.. They are also a substantial source of dietary fiber, especially when eaten with the skin.. There is more fiber in one sweet potato than in a bowl of oatmeal.. Experts believe that fiber may increase bulk in the colon, thereby diluting possible cancer promoting substances (carcinogens) that are found in food or formed during digestion.. Sweet potatoes, or yams, actually fit perfectly into a low-carb lifestyle with major nutritional bonuses to boot.. The sweet potato is a complex carbohydrate that provides twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and more than one-third of the requirements for vitamin C.. Vitamin A in sweet potatoes is necessary for strong tissues and is required to maintain a healthy immune system function and develop resistance to infection.. It also protects the body from cardiovascular disease and lowers the risk of stroke.. Vitamin C has been associated with an increase in blood levels of good cholesterol, which lowers the risk of heart disease, and a decrease in the levels of bad cholesterol, which raises the risk.. Some fruits and vegetables are rich in soluble fiber, notably pectin,  ...   foods and low-fat meals in your diet.. Low-fat foods must contain less than three grams of fat per serving.. Light foods must contain one-third fewer calories than the regular version contains.. But beware: fat-free and low-fat does not necessarily mean low calorie.. Fat-free foods often contain high amounts of added sugar or sodium to make up for the flavor that is lost when the fat is cut.. Carb counters must constantly contend with a pesky detail called the glycemic index (GI).. High GI foods raise blood sugar quickly - then the individual crashes, feels hungry, if not famished, and the eating cycle begins.. Low GI foods cause a gradual rise in blood sugar and make one feel satiated longer.. For the carbohydrates among these foods, they've taken on the nomenclature of good and bad carbs.. Asparagus good carb.. White potatoes bad carb.. But all potatoes are not created equal.. Among root vegetables, sweet potatoes offer the lowest GI rating.. That's because the sweet potato digests slowly, causing a gradual rise in blood sugar.. It's time to move sweet potatoes to the good carb list.. Many of the most popular diets these days have already.. Potassium in sweet potatoes helps maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body cells, as well as normal heart function, nerve function and blood pressure.. Source: Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements.. Infant malnutrition is a serious problem in many developing countries.. A national health and demographic survey found that over 25 percent of children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition.. The International Potato Center (CIP) believes there is a good potential for improving the diet, and thereby a child s nutritional status, by incorporating sweet potatoes into the diet.. Source: Development of a Sweet Potato-Based Weaning Food for Poorly Nourished Children Six Months to Three Years Old, CIP Program Report 1997-98.. Folate in sweet potatoes helps reduce homocysteine levels, a chemical capable of destroying the circulatory system and causing heart attacks.. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in humans and claims nearly one million American lives annually..

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    Descriptive info: The Louisiana Yambilee Festival.. The Louisiana Yambilee Festival began in 1946 to celebrate the year's harvest of yams, or sweet potatoes.. This festival occurs every October in Opelousas, LA.. The Yambilee Festival includes music, food, a parade, a carnival and a pageant to crown the Yam Queen and King.. One of the main reasons for the annual Yambilee Festival is to increase awareness and interest in Louisiana farm produce.. For more information, contact:.. Louisiana Yambilee, Inc.. 1939 West Landry, Suite 103.. Opelousas, LA 70570.. 1-(800)-210-5398.. yambilee1@aol..

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    Descriptive info: Hi Kids!.. If you want to have some fun in Kids' Corner, just click on the buttons below.. Yamster Facts contain some really neat Louisiana yam (sweet potato) facts and Yamster Stories are about me and the yummy sweet potato.. You can find some super fun games to play in Yamster's Games, and you can even make 10 different sweet potato recipes (with the help of an adult, of course) in Kid's Recipes.. yamster stories.. yamster facts.. yamster games.. yamster recipes.. Welcome to our Kids' Corner.. Choose an area from the left to start having FUN with Yamster the Hamster!..

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    Descriptive info: Shippers of Louisiana Yams.. Boutwell Produce.. Oak Grove, LA.. (318) 428-2465.. Dawson Farms, LLC.. Delhi, LA.. (318) 878-5806.. dawsonfarms.. Deep South Gold, Inc.. (318) 428-8844.. E L Produce.. Washington, LA.. (337) 363-7962.. Earl Roy Sweet Potato Co.. , LLC.. Hessmer, LA.. (800) 552-2286.. Eugenel B.. Fontenot.. Ville Platte, LA.. (337) 363-5352.. Friedman Broussard Produce Co.. Slidell, LA.. (985) 646-2012.. friedmanproduce.. Galion Potato Co.. Bastrop, LA.. (318) 281-7370.. Garber Farms.. Iota, LA.. (800) 824-2284.. layamla@aol.. Green World Farms.. Mansura, LA.. (318) 964-2941.. Harold Quebedeaux Produce, Inc.. (318)-717-1530.. James Deshotel Produce.. Bunkie, LA.. (318) 346-4391.. deshotelfarms@hotmail.. Joubert Farms.. Church Point, LA.. (337) 684-6513.. McDermott Farms, Inc.. (318) 428-9006.. McHe  ...   Cullen Farms.. Evergreen, LA 71333.. (318) 346-6935.. Processors of Louisiana Yams.. Bruce Foods Corporation.. New Iberia , LA.. (337) 365-8101.. brucefoods.. Alexia Foods.. Delhi, LA.. 1-800-933-5262.. alexiafoods.. Broker Display Contest Winners 2011.. First Place.. Dunham + Smith.. Hampton, VA.. Bruce Foods Broker.. 2nd Place.. Fort Eustis, VA.. 3rd Place.. San Antonio, TX.. Honorable Mention Winner.. Naples, Italy.. Most Entries.. 1st Place.. Joh Metro.. Paramus, NJ.. Sellethichs Marketing Group.. Matthews, NC.. J.. Dall Thomas.. Mandeville, LA.. 4th Place.. Acosta Sales and Marketing Co.. Grand Rapids, MI.. 5th Place.. Integrity Foods.. Wayne, PA.. Lucky Draw Winners.. Merredes Benitez.. Fran McDonald.. Robert Oelwang.. Frank Palmieri.. Tom Reynolds.. Co-Sale Company.. Phoenix, AZ..

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    Descriptive info: The Louisiana Department of Agriculture Forestry.. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture Forestry is responsible for administering many of the programs and enforcing the regulations that impact every aspect of the state s agriculture and forestry.. --Commissioner Mike Strain.. LSU AgCenter.. The Louisiana Board of Regents' Master Plan for Higher Education calls for the LSU Agricultural Center to play an integral role in supporting agricultural industries, sustaining rural areas and encouraging efficient use of resources through research and educational programs conducted by its experiment station and extension service..

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