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estrogen + and sweet potatoes????

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mollyz
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I just heard a Dr. on tv say that sweet potatoes raised your estrogen levels!!!!!!! have any one heard of this,I live on those things omg!! cypresscynthia please let me know anything you know about this ok. others welcome too!!~~MollyZ~~

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missrenee
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What else is going to be on the "BAD" list of what we eat or drink?! Makes me want to say, "Enough, cancer--you've taken enough away from me!"

Maybe someone else will chime in with more info.

Hugs, Renee

Rague
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Unfortunately - many do not know that sweet potatoes and yams are VERY different! A few days ago ago days ago we was were at a fast fod that claimed to have "sweet potatoes fries" - no way, they were YAMS.

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CypressCynthia
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This is from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:

"There are two types of yams, and each has very different properties. The first type, also called a "true yam," is the root vegetable you can buy at the supermarket. It's a member of the sweet potato family. These types of yams are not associated with estrogen activity.

We suggest keeping these vegetables as a part of your diet. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, which sustains healthy vision, bone growth, and immune systems. They also contain Vitamin C, which supports wound healing, hair growth, and tissue repair.

The second type of yam is called "wild yam" or China root, black yam, Mexican yam, white yam, wild yam root, and yuma. This is a supplement that does not contain any natural sex hormones. While there have been rumors that wild yam acts as a precursor to sex hormones like estrogen or progesterone, that transformation has never been clinically proven.

The rumors likely trace back to the 1960s, when some sex hormones were chemically manufactured from Mexican wild yam. According to the National Institutes of Health, it is unlikely that those synthetic hormone conversions occur in the human body.

While wild yam does not naturally contain sex or reproductive hormones, the FDA does not regulate chemically made supplements. As a result, it is possible that wild yam products (including creams) may be tainted with added artificial progesterone."
http://www.dana-farber.org/Health-Library/Do-sweet-potatoes,-yams-and-flax-seed-mimic-estrogen-.aspx

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CypressCynthia
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P.S The alcohol link is not a myth--it has been studied ad nauseum (hundreds of studies now, starting in about the late 1980's). It is a known link with ER+ cancer, both in terms of prevention and treatment.

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mollyz
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@CypressCynthia,I knew if anyone could clear this up would be you,I'm really glad to here this,but i did hear this from a Dr. on a christian talk show and it really concerned me because thats the only "sweet" thing i eat,with cinnamon and stevia in it and earth balance butter(soy free),I look forward to a holiday thats when i eat a real piece of something sweet and its small then.I take this very seriously,I read about the alcohol before you posted,i learn what an estrogen + person can eat and its totally different from other breast cancers so i don't compare. thanks again hugs to all~~MollyZ~~

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