Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

April 4, 2020

Sweet potatoes come in different colours, orange, purple, yellow and other varieties. Often interchanged with “yams” but aside from the shape (similar), they are two very different vegetables. Sweet potatoes have firmer skin, the colour of the skin varies based on the interior. The copper skins are typically the firmer version of sweet potatoes and the lighter skin is softer. Both cooked very differently.

Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Antioxidant Powerhouse

Their pigment that plays a big role when it comes to choosing a sweet potato indicates particularly potent antioxidant properties. packed with Vitamin A and C that are also functions of antioxidants to protect cells.

Anti-Inflammatory

They are natural anti-inflammatory that has been shown to dim inflammation at the cellular level. There have been researches done showing the reduction of inflammation in the brain tissue and nerve tissue after consuming purple sweet potato.

Blood Sugar Regulation

They are high in fibre which makes them low in starch resulting in regulating blood sugar levels and insulin levels. The daily recommendation is a quarter cup, a cup of baked sweet potato contains 6 grams of fibre.

How to incorporate them in your diet:

  • Side dishes: sweet potato salad, mashed, baked sweet potato
  • Main dishes: quesadilla with sweet potato tortilla (1 cup flour, 3/4 cup sweet potato is my personal recipe)
  • Desserts: sweet potato pie, sweet potato chocolate mousse

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Amie-Anne Savage

Creating Balance through nutrition,exercice, mindfulness

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