Which Sweet Potato Would You Rather Eat?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 1, 2012

Sweet PotatoesYou have got to watch this 2 minute video with your children which shows a child’s experiment with 3 very different sweet potatoes.

One sweet potato was conventionally grown.

One sweet potato was organic from the supermarket.

One sweet potato was organic from a local market.

If your child is hearing from friends at school that “organic doesn’t matter” or some foolish talk of this nature, this video will quickly show that organic but also LOCAL is the way to go when it comes to produce!

Our children are getting it!  I am so encouraged when I see bright, inquisitive children like this showing the whole world how the simple choice of what you put in your mouth can quite literally determine the course of your entire life.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
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Comments (60)

  1. Unfortunately, there is no one around where I live who sells organic sweet potatoes. Living in the cold north makes them scarce. They are also one of the few veggies my daughter will actually eat, but I stopped buying them after I watched this video.

  2. I’ve seen this before and it’s pretty amazing that our kids are getting this and we aren’t…. At 3 years old my daughter is already convinced that corn is evil because the vast majority of the crops are genetically modified. Unless you are growing it yourself, it’s hard to be sure of what you’re getting…. That can be a full time job in and of itself.

  3. Angela Lynn Wolfe via Facebook March 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Love hearing the truth and all the more so when it comes from such a sweet smiling child!

  4. Amy Johnson via Facebook March 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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  5. Margie Suydam via Facebook March 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    wow. I’ll be showing this to my kids after school, too. Thanks for shaping our family’s nutrition.

  6. Awesome!

    I read somewhere that if you can only afford certain organics, and not all, make your root veggies organic for sure because they soak up the most chemicals. I don’t know how valid that is, but makes enough sense for me to want to make sure my root veggies are organic and local ;)
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  7. I love me some organic, local sweet potatos, smothered in coconut oil, sea salt, and raw local butter, of course! :D

  8. I sent this to link to my daughter’s teacher in September of October. My daughter is in a multi-age (3rd and 4th graders) class. They were working on nutrition. I said this would work in well; they couldn’t show it be cause it was on youtube. I thought it is a very cool science project / nutrition piece.

  9. who said we aren’t getting it? Every single person I know (and that’s quite a few – I’ve been on this Earth 38 years), GETS IT. That doesn’t mean that they are going to stop buying bargains, join me in kibbutzim, and give up on eating what they want, when they want year round.

    I GET a great many things, that doesn’t mean I’m going to act on it. True – i grow my own veggies and fruits, have a CSA, buy from farmers etc. But my husband hates raw milk so I buy him organic whole milk from the store. I hate making bread every week – so I buy it most of the time.

    Mainstream people get the message. They don’t CARE…honestly – Wal-Mart/Costco sells carrots for 87c lb and farmers market is $5 – even people who make $250K a year will buy it from Costco (or their housekeepers will). it isn’t about getting it, it’s about caring. those are two different things.
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    • This is my husband’s response to concept of eating raw, local, safe foods. Even if a person can afford it, he or she has to care enough to go to the effort. Most people don’t. Most people also think that the government, their doctors, and scientists in the news or on TV are telling them the most up-to-date, correct information on what they eat.
      I’m just glad that we “get it” AND care and that we can teach our children the same and share the information with our friends. That’s the best most of us can do.

      • Yee Haw, Christine! I agree. People are sheeple about the media and anyone who has some amount of “authority”. It’s garbage and WE know it, but *most* don’t know and/or don’t care. People are lazy if they aren’t particularly motivated to make changes. I’ve found people who have to do their own research (after being somewhat enlightened) come to the conclusion to try to eat better quality foods more quickly than people who are force-fed the information.

        And really? A 3 year old is aware of this??? I really think that’s sorta over the top. Kids need to be kids for a while and certainly at 3 they don’t need to be worried about their foods. I mean, isn’t that why they have parents? I think it’s great that school-aged kids are aware, but 3? Sheesh. But that’s just me . . .

        • Kids get it. Give them the credit they deserve. :-)

          My 17 month old took my wallet out of my purse, opened my wallet and handed the clerk the red card that I use to buy stuff from the spanish market in my town last week. If they can spend money on food, not too early IMO.

          A lady at church gave my 17 month old a crappy store bought sugar laced cookie (she asked me and I didn’t want to be ungracious since he was crying and she was trying to be helpful). She was surprised that at the mention of cookie, he didn’t come running. It was his first cookie. He didn’t look all that pleased eating it either. When she walked away I got my food bag from in the church and tried to trade him that cookie for some raw cheese… no go.

          I tried again with some of my home made sourdough bread and he traded me that crap cookie with a smile… at 17 months he knows what’s good and if they don’t know by 3 it’s kinda late IMO.

    • I don’t recall seeing them at our farmers market in the summer. I’d like to try it just to grow some sweet potato vine to put in a planter. It’s pretty.

  10. Jessica McAlister via Facebook March 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Had to share this! Can’t wait to find locally grown sweet potatoes at the winter market!

    • I recently tried an avocado, just to show my son on seeds grow into trees and it REFUSED to sprout. so disappointed, as they are also on the ‘clean 15′

  11. Roseann Ligenza-Fisher via Facebook March 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Wow…Out of the mouths of babes. I’m definitely sharing this on my wall. Thanks for posting this. I’m definitely buying organic from now on. To scrimp and save money, I buy conventional sometimes, but this video woke me up and made me realize saving money could cost me and my family an even bigger price..our health!!

  12. Marla Evans via Facebook March 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I saw this video several weeks ago and decided to try her little experiment with some supermarket sweet potatoes I had around. After sitting in the water like she shows for at least 2 months, not only did the potato not grow, it didn’t even ROT! How scary is that?? I’m convinced that the doubled price is worth it for organic and I’ll be planting some of my own sweets this year (I hope!) or buying them locally.

  13. Lorri Salcido Navarette via Facebook March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I’ve read that even the farmers won’t eat the potatoes they grow. Great video!

  14. Awwww, she’s adorable! And yes, a great video to help you really grasp the difference.

    Also, ROOTS! Yes! I used to live just down the road from there. I’ve only been once, but that’s because they’re only open on Tuesdays. The only way that I was able to go (yes, I could get up early, but parking is horrendous and it’s a confusing maze, I’d have to get up 4 hours early just to be sure that I’m home in time for work) was when I was on stay-cation. Not everything is organic, but they do have a Zerbe’s chips stand, which makes up for a lot. :-D (for those who are interested, Root’s is in Manheim, PA. There is also Green Dragon in Ephrata which is open Fridays.)

  15. Jackie Spaulding March 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    What a great video! You did such a good job and it was very informative. I am going to put it on FB and Pinterest. Thank you so much!

  16. Maybe this explains why I’ve had an avocado seed in water for over a month without a single sprout either! I purchased it at Sam’s. I put it in the window and basically forgot how long it had been there until I stopped and figured out when I started it. Sad and scary!

  17. That’s interesting. In our school holidays here in New Zealand we went to visit a kumera farm. The kumera is stored over winter in large buildings that are temperature controled so that they grow the sprouts on them and this is what keeps them fresh, when they go to the supermarkets they put them through rollers to remove these sprouts, so even if they are not organic it is a relief to know they do not have this chemical put on them.

  18. What is the difference between whole sale organic and health food store organic? I buy most organic produce from Bj’s Club because I can’t afford to shop from Wf:(

  19. DAMMIT so that’s were my queasyness and fatigue was coming from I bet when I ate a load sweet potatoes the other day….

    What sucks is around where I live, I don’t have access or have VERY little access to organic/locally grown foods. It’s a real bummer…no fresh dairy, not many fresh veggies, and the starches around here are unsafe (since they’re all ‘conventional’)! What can I even do about this..
    well I guess it’s amazing to find out about this, I’m really glad.

    But…where will I get my sweet potatoes now? :/ They are one of my favorite foods ever!

  20. We saw this and did our own experiment to show that it is true! Now, we have started our garden (in pots on our patio). We also, have “regrown” food. The kids are having a blast with romaine lettuce, celery, bok choy, and purple potatoes. LOL.
    It is great that they saw first hand, and explained everything to their father when he came home. Our Store bought organic didn’t grow or MONTHS! Makes you wonder.

  21. Wow – what an eye opener! I’ve always known organic and local is best, but never realized quite the dramatic difference local produce makes until seeing this video. We live about 5 minutes from Root’s, which features lots of local produce, but not much organic, though there are slowly more organic stands popping up. This definitely gets me excited for our garden and CSA membership this year!

  22. I just wanted to say that I love this video. The little girl is so adorable and so clever! I just want to give her a high five, because until now I did not get the whole organic thing at all. Thankfully all my life my parents always had a vegetable garden. When I was younger I never understood why anyone would go through so much trouble growing their own vegetables, when you could go to the grocery store and buy all these pretty perfect looking ones! But what a difference there is in taste between a perfect looking tomato and one grown in your own backyard!

  23. While I agree with most everyone here, I feel obligated to point out that this is not true for all “conventional” sweet potatoes. I am a crunchy mom to 7, I CARE about what we all put in our mouths and in our soil, etc. But I am the daughter of one of the biggest sweet potato farmers in NC (although he just retired a couple years ago and my bro is carrying on the business). Anyway, I talked to my dad about this video months ago and they don’t know of anyone in this area who uses this on sweet potatoes. White potatoes, yes, sweet potatoes in our neck of the woods, no.

    Sadly, there are “organic” farmers who get away with selling inferior potatoes to the large buyers for stores and the only difference in their “organic” potatoes is that they are wormy and look the part.

    My families potatoes are not “organic” but they will readily sprout…

    Just some food for thought since this is an area I know. I’ve seen the good, bad and ugly of the organic label…

    JoAnna in NC

    • @ Joanne Parente: It isn’t just about the spraying of things like Bud-Nip though. It’s also about the soil, the compost, the quality of the water used, the seeds you start with even. Organic farming can be very complicated to get started, but once you’re on the road to it, the methodology becomes much easier.

      In my area (where we usually have 7-8 months of winter and cool weather, but not this year) we have an organization called Bountiful Baskets. Very helpful to people who want fresh veggies and have no access to a CSA (especially for any time other than the scant 3-4 month growing season here) and you have a choice of conventional produce or organic produce. We have purchased the organic produce baskets a few times and it’s worth the money. Go to the bountiful baskets web site and see if they are available in your area. If not, try to get one going. It’s mostly done on a volunteer basis.

  24. I get some organic produce from Costco. Carrots, baby kale, baby spinach. Other good organic things there too if you look around. The kale sells out so fast! A lot of people must be getting the message that it is good. We use the kale and spinach in our vitamix, after a light steam, for green smoothies.

  25. Very interesting point that little lady makes :D

    I’m also questioning about onions… my dad grows most of his own food now, and it’s a been a hit or miss with regrowing. He’s also growing everything organically, and has learned so many neat tricks that sound like homemade remedies a grandmother could share (I love things like that!). Anyhow, thanks for sharing!

  26. Awesome experiment, great job teaching kids the difference between organic and not, i do that with mine. That is quite experiment, i will try with my kids!


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