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Often confused with yams, this veggie is one of the
healthiest foods on the planet. In addition to countering
the effects of secondhand smoke and preventing diabetes,
sweet potatoes contain glutathione, an antioxidant that can
enhance nutrient metabolism and immune-system health, as
well as protect against Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, liver
disease, cystic fibrosis, HIV, cancer, heart attack, and
stroke. "One sweet potato a day is a great alternative to
the traditional variety,"
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|Maximising the benefits of sweet potatoe
Sweet potatoes should be stored in a cool and dark place. Like most vegetables, they should be eaten not too long after purchase, as their vitamin contents can diminish over time.
Nutritional values of sweet potatoes
|Per 100g baked
1. They are high in vitamin B6. which
reduces homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has
been linked to heart disease.
2. They are a good source of vitamin C.
It helps accelerate wound healing, produces
collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity,
and is essential to helping us cope with stress. It even
appears to help protect our body against toxins that may be
linked to cancer.
3. They contain Vitamin D which
is critical for immune system and overall health at this
time of year. Vitamin D plays
an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to
build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth,
and it supports the thyroid gland.
4. Sweet potatoes contain iron. Most
people are aware that we need the mineral iron to have
adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our
body, including red and white
blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune
the metabolizing of protein, among other things.
5. Sweet potatoes are a good source of magnesium,
which is the
relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is
necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle,
and nerve function, yet experts estimate that approximately
80 percent of the population in North America may be
deficient in this important mineral.
SWEET POTATOES HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
Sweet potatoes contain carotenoids that appear to help
stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance,
making cells more responsive to insulin. This can ultimately
help with your weight-loss efforts.
This starchy vegetable has bulk to keep your tummy full for
hours. Yet its nutritional profile makes the calories worth
it, especially since they are fat free. Its fiber alone is
enough to make a sweet potato worth eating.
If a beta-carotene contest were held, sweet potatoes would
tie carrots for first place. That may make them top-notch
for fighting chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease,
as well as disease related to inflammation, such as asthma
and rheumatoid arthritis. Sweet potatoes are also rich in
potassium and vitamin C; a small potato provides almost half
the daily allowance.
The sweet potato, of course, is not only fit for baking: it can be
grated and stir-fried; sliced and steamed, sautéed, broiled or
roasted; wrapped in foil and baked in a fire; fried or, even better,
cut into “fries” and baked with a little oil until crisp (or
included in tempura); made into soup, a pasta sauce, a filling for
ravioli or pie; used as a thickener; dried and eaten as a snack;
reheated and drizzled with olive oil; braised in curries or
soy-based dishes or European-style stews
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