Nutty flavour taste, similar to roasted chestnuts but drier, firmer and really filling. Tastes sweeter compared to regular sweet potatoes. They are a yellow-flesh root vegetable.
• Good source of fibre
• Vitamin A
May aid in Cancer Prevention
Sweet potatoes are rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals. They’re high in antioxidants which can protect your body from free radicals that may cause damage and chronic diseases.
While more research is needed on the full benefits of sweet potatoes for the prevention of cancer, for most people there are minimal risks therefore, they are more often eaten as a preventative health measure.
Reduces the Severity of Measles
Sweet potatoes are exceptionally high in various forms of vitamin A. Eating one sweet potato exceeds the daily requirements of vitamin A by 150%. Although not a substitute for vaccinations, vitamin A plays an important role in shortening the duration of measles for children in developing countries. Aside from measles, getting enough vitamin A supports the immune system overall, and sweet potatoes are an excellent source.
Another form of vitamin A that’s abundant in sweet potatoes is beta carotene, which is essential for eye health. A cup of sweet potatoes provides 11.3 milligrams of beta carotene. Supplementation of 15 milligrams of beta carotene is proven to protect against age-related mascular degeneration, especially when combined with vitamin C, zinc, and copper (also naturally found in sweet potatoes).
Supports Cardiovascular Health
The anthocyanins in sweet potatoes are associated with anti-inflammatory effects, reducing the risk of heart disease. Certain pro-inflammatory cytokines appear to be suppressed in response to the extract of a purple sweet potato. Additionally, the fibre in any vegetable is known to reduce cholesterol, while the high potassium levels of sweet potatoes keep blood pressure down.
Aids in the Management of Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association considers sweet potatoes to be a low GI food and therefore recommends including them in a healthy eating plan for diabetes management. Sweet potatoes are a good way to balance the intake of higher GI foods, like pineapples or pasta. Replacing regular potatoes with sweet potatoes will boost nutrient intake of your meal with potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C and fibre.
How to enjoy Sweet Potatoes:
Sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables you can find.
There are many different ways to enjoy sweet potatoes, below are just a few:
• roasted – scrumptious crispy and healthy chips
• soups, chowder, pies, pureed
• mashed, baked, grilled, steamed
• desserts: pureed for bases in pies, cakes or brownies
• salads, side dishes, wraps, sandwiches, pancakes, potato salad
• pizza’s, stir fries