7 Reasons to Eat Sweet Potatoes
When consumed in moderation, sweet potatoes can provide a rich concentration of nutrients. This makes them an ideal addition to your meals throughout the year. These naturally-sweet root vegetables possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and disease-fighting components. There are numerous ways to enjoy a sweet potato. It can be used as an ingredient to desserts or casseroles, or can be consumed by itself as a snack. It is also used as an alternative to regular white potatoes.
- Sweet Potatoes are High in Vitamin C
A one-cup serving of Sweet Potatoes contains 50% of your daily Vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C boosts your immune system which helps protects your body from disease, helps wounds heal, supports collagen growth, and protects cells against damage from free radicals.
- Sweet Potatoes Loaded with Vitamin A
One small Sweet Potato contains more than 500% of your daily Vitamin A requirements. These antioxidants help keep your immune system strong, promote eye health, prevent cancer, keep skin healthy and fight the free radicals that cause aging. If you suffer from Arthritis, Asthma or Gout adding Sweet Potatoes to your diet can help reduce the inflammation that causes pain.
- Sweet Potatoes contain Magnesium
Your body needs this mineral for healthy heart, muscle and nerve function. Magnesium also helps your body relax and de-stress.
- Sweet Potatoes contain Potassium
Potassium helps regulate your cardiovascular system, is an essential electrolyte, promotes healthy kidney function and helps reduce muscle spasms.
- Sweet Potatoes are rich in Iron
An essential mineral for blood cell production and promotes healthy energy levels.
- They are full of fiber
A small sweet potato contains 1 gram of healthy dietary fiber. Your digestive system will thank you adding them to your diet. Fiber is essential to keep your intestinal tract clean and running smoothly.
- Diabetic friendly
Sweet Potatoes are a complex carbohydrate and have a Low Glycemic Index of 17. This means that they take longer to break down into sugar. This slow break down of carbohydrates keeps your blood sugar level and assists those who choose a low carbohydrate diet for weight loss, Insulin Resistance or Type II Diabetes.
Try this healthy and delicious recipe:
Oven-Roasted Sweet-Potato Wedges
3 small sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds)
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic-flavored olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 450°.
Peel sweet potatoes; cut each potato lengthwise into 8 wedges. In a large bowl, combine sweet potatoes and remaining ingredients; toss well to coat.
Arrange potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake potatoes at 450° for 30 minutes or until soft and lightly browned, turning wedges after the first 15 minutes. Serve immediately.