You ask most people about sweet potatoes, and they usually have a pretty strong opinion about them. They either adore them or despise them. Many times their dispositions toward the root veggie are tied to some childhood Thanksgiving incident involving marshmallows. But the sweet potato is really more than just a holiday side dish.
Only distantly related to the regular potato, the sweet potato is super-packed with nutrition. Rich in omega-6 fatty acids and dietary fiber, this vegetable has a low glycemic load and is naturally anti-inflammatory. They are loaded with vitamins (A,C, B5, and B6) and minerals (potassium and manganese.) They also contain modest amounts of E, K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Choline, and Betaine.
The flesh of a sweet potato can range from beige, white, yellow, and pink to red, orange, and even violet and purple! The sweetest, moistest flesh tends to be in the pink, red, and orange range. And in some regions the leaves and shoots of the sweet potato are eaten as healthy greens.
While many times sweet potatoes are labeled as “yams,” they are not, in fact yams at all. Genuine yams are native to Africa and Asia. But in the US, originally only firmer varieties of sweet potatoes were produced; softer varieties were introduced commercially some time after. Because they resembled the yams of Africa, African Americans had been already calling sweet potatoes “yams.” So the companies used the term “yam” to distinguish the soft sweet from the firm sweet potato. That’s why if you look closely at a can of yams, you will also see the words sweet potatoes; it’s required by the USDA.
Sweet potatoes grow well in various farming conditions, so they are an ideal crop to grow. With few natural enemies, they can be grown organically with no pesticides. That’s what makes it so baffling why some people would wantonly use pesticides on sweet potatoes. There have been incidents of treats made in China that used sweet potatoes that had been contaminated with toxic pesticides. Dogs developed kidney problems from ingesting these toxins. A treat that should have been good for their digestive system turned out to be just the opposite.
It’s important to know where the food we give our pets is coming from. When you buy commercially manufactured treats, it may not always be clear where those ingredients are coming from. We get our ingredients for our dog treats from the same place where we buy our own food, and we prepare the treats right in our own kitchen. Our sweet potato treats are just that: sweet potatoes. Nothing added. Nothing. We dehydrate them, pack them up, and send them to you. Our dogs love them, and so will yours.