Monday, February 23, 2009

Why are Sweet Potatoes Good for You?

Most of us only eat sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving and they are usually covered in mini marshmallows, butter, and nuts. You can hardly tell there is even a vegetable in there. But sweet potatoes on their own are actually one of the best, nutrient-packed vegetables you can eat.

In a Study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, sweet potatoes are ranked number one in nutrition of all vegetables. They have almost twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, 42 percent of the recommendation for vitamin C, four times the RDA for beta carotene, and, when eaten with the skin, sweet potatoes have more fiber than oatmeal.

Another study showed that eating just two sweet potatoes a week may cut your risks of suffering a heart attack by as much as 86%.

Sweet potatoes are one of the best sources of dietary fiber available. Fiber helps you maintain a healthy weight because it fills you up and keeps you feeling satisfied longer.

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, vitamin B9 (Folate) and iron. Vitamin C, Folate and beta carotene (vitamin A) are three of the top cancer-fighting nutrients, and fiber is also a cancer-fighting agent.

Sweet potatoes have also been linked to help maintain insulin levels and regulate blood sugar.

So with all of these great benefits next time you want potatoes as a side (or main) dish, try the sweet potato for something new. Don’t wait until next Thanksgiving!

Recipes to follow

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