If there is one food that will leave you salivating and craving for more, it is sweet potatoes. As delicious as this food is, it is easy to make.
With the colour of the flesh ranging from white, red, purple, yellow and beige, the sweetness of the tubers from this dicotyledonous plant also varies. Sweet potatoes are often referred to as root vegetables.
Many people find it difficult to differentiate yam from sweet potatoes. Yam is a monocotyledon that is native to West Africa and Asia while the latter is a dicotyledon native to the tropical regions in America.
There are many health benefits accrued to the consumption of sweet potatoes. They are highly nutritious vegetables that contain vitamins (A, B5 and B6), riboflavin and niacin. For the variety of sweet potatoes that are orange in colour, carotenoids are present. Sweet potatoes can be boiled, roasted or fried before eating. The calories present in them are not as high as that of the white potato.
Despite the fact that they are sugary, sweet potatoes are not fattening in addition to them having low amounts of sodium.
Find below some of the health benefits of sweet potatoes:
1. Healthy living
If you are conscious of the things you eat, then you will no doubt eat sweet potatoes more. The vitamin A contained in the tubers is good for healthy vision while it also has anti-ageing properties.
The vitamin A content in one large sweet potato has more than the daily recommended intake. As a powerhouse, the vitamin A in the potato tubers will promote good health.
2. For healthy heart
Sweet potatoes contain an appreciable amount of vitamin B6 which helps break down homocysteine.
This substance is responsible for the hardening of blood vessels and arteries. It is associated with degenerative diseases like heart attacks.
Consuming this delicious food also helps lower blood pressure as it contains potassium which is an important electrolyte that helps with the regulation of heart beat and helps promote healthy heart.
3. Helps in relieving stress
Having a stressful day? Sweet potatoes will help get you back in track in no time. The magnesium contained in sweet potatoes is useful in distressing.
Eating this delicious meal which also doubles as a snack helps you relax while supplying your body with the required glucose it needs to get out of the tired state.
4. Aids digestion
Sweet potatoes contain dietary fiber which is good for the digestive system. Eating this food is good for the bowels as it helps maintain a healthy digestive system.
5. Prevention of cancer
The sweet potatoes that are orange in colour have anti-carcinogenic properties. The beta-carotene contained in them can help reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancers in women.
6. They do not cause blood sugar pikes
It is generally known that sweet potatoes are sugary; the natural sugars contained in the tubers do not put you at risk of diabetes because the sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream. Eating the sweet potatoes will keep you energized and prevent fatigue.
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