Health Benefits 101: SWEET POTATO

Sweet potatoes are one of those vegetables I grew up with. My grandmother would always have them in their house and would make me eat them every time I visit their house. She would boast about how good they are to my health and would continue to tell me that I should eat them more often. Back then, no matter how many times she kept on boasting this sweet vegetable to me, I would still not pay attention to whatever she’s saying.

Growing up, I learned that this vegetable isn’t just sweet and creamy, but it really has a lot of health benefits! It was just recent that I appreciate my grandmother for boasting this vegetable to me when I was young. The sweet potato, also known as the Ipomoea batatas, not only contains many nutrients, but it is also packed with medicinal benefits. As the name implies, sweet potatoes are naturally sweet and its flavor can be enhanced when cooked.

Did You Know?

Sweet potatoes contain high amounts of fiber and potassium. They have more grams of natural sugars than regular potato but more overall nutrients with fewer calories. In one medium sweet potato, there is over 400 percent of your daily vitamin A requirement.

Health Benefits

THEY ARE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Sweet potatoes have natural anti-inflammatory compounds that have been shown to suppress inflammation at the cellular level. In addition, the presence of anthocyanins and choline in sweet potatoes make the vegetables an important dietary source in the prevention and reduction of chronic inflammation in the body.

THEY KEEP YOUR HEART HEALTHY

The high fiber content of sweet potatoes can lower bad cholesterol levels, helping to prevent cardiovascular disease. Also, the fibers, anthocyanin, polyphenols, and high radical foraging activity contained in sweet potatoes are all important in the fight against cardiovascular diseases.

THEY ARE ESSENTIAL FOR GOOD VISION

Sweet potatoes contain high amounts of vitamin A, C, and E. Which are all essential in promoting good vision. Deficiency of vitamin A results in night blindness, total blindness, as well as defect of the retina. In addition, deficiency in vitamin C is mostly linked with the development of cataracts.

THEY IMPROVE YOUR DIGESTION

Because of its high fiber content, sweet potatoes support to avoid constipation and promote regularity for a well-functioning digestive tract.

THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Sweet potatoes are high in both vitamin C and beta-carotene. Thus, they offer an immunity boost from their powerful combination of nutrients.

THEY CAN HELP IN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

The fiber in sweet potatoes can help in keeping satiety, as well as reducing the overall weight of an individual. Hence, it will make you feel full all throughout the day.

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ADDITIONAL FACTS

According to the USDA, sweet potatoes are a rich source of energy, carbohydrates, and fiber. They are also packed with other nutrients that include vitamins as well as provide phytosterols, isoflavones, and amino acids such as leucine, glutamic acid, and threonine. And they get their orange color from beta-carotene, which is a pigment and antioxidant. In addition with the many benefits of this amazing vegetable, below is a photo of the nutritional facts of sweet potatoes.

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