Sweet Potatoes and Endometriosis

I was looking into something natural I can eat during my cleanse that doesn’t need salt, pepper, or oil and was considering sweet potatoes until I found out that they’re estrogen producing! Not only that, some women use it for breast enlargement and used as estrogen hormone therapy for menopausal women. Although it’s high in many nutrients, fills you up, and does not need seasoning, for women with endometriosis, fibroids, or other estrogen producing problems, please stay away from sweet potatoes/yams.

There are two kinds of yams and one is estrogen producing and the other one is not. However, from going to many supermarkets, I cannot find the one that’s non estrogen producing. I can only find the sweet potatoes that are estrogen producing. When asking the grocers whether they are “true yams” (no not produce estrogen) or “wild yams” (produce estrogen) they don’t know either. Completely frustrating so I just decided to stay away. Did you know that birth controll pills are also derived from yams? Pretty scary. To be safe, whether wild or true yam, I’m staying away. It’s one food I do not want to bet on and can live without.

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2 Responses to Sweet Potatoes and Endometriosis

  1. Laurel says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for this blog!!! I was recently diagnosed by my RE with “suspected endometriosis” because of my odd spotting pattern and year(s) of infertility, and I have been relentlessly researching alternatives to surgery ever since, your story is an inspiration and I’m loving all of the information you’ve presented. I was super bummed when I read this post because I LOVE sweet potatoes and have been using them as a staple in my endo diet. I decided to look into the difference between sweet potatoes and yams a bit more and found this:

    Also found many articles citing studies that did NOT support the theory that consumption of either sweet potatoes or yams affected endocrine balance at all. Just wanted to throw that into the mix, as it’s pretty rare to find actual yams in the US and sweet potatoes are a whole ‘nother ballgame.

    • hoghugs says:

      Hi, I love sweet potatoes too but it’s really hard for people to tell the EXACT type of sweet potato they CAN eat so avoid it! And it’s hard to find the right ones in the market. I went to 10 types of markets and could not find the one that doesn’t produce estrogen! Got tired of looking so decided to avoid. It’s just another food along with the rest I’m eliminating. No big deal. When in doubt, just avoid! Not worth producing excess estrogen right? So many other foods to choose from like yummy white fish and broccoli soup, etc. Hang in there!!! We will all be there someday when we’re pain free! Actually, I’m already pain free and loving it! Please update us more on your fab results soon. Good luck to you!!! And baby dust to you if you’re still trying. I understand how it feels to try to get pregnant for a long period of time but hang in there. You’re doing all the right things and it WILL be ok.

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