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What are the Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes?

Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
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Sweet potatoes originated in Central America and are widely popular on all continents. There are many different recipes for their preparation. They have an unique taste and aroma. These vegetables are not just delicious, but also very healthy and certainly deserve a place on your menu.

If you haven't tried sweet potatoes yet, it's time to change that. Here are the health benefits they have.

First of all, sweet potatoes have a high content of vitamin A, which has special superpowers. It helps build immune cells, which fight pathogens. A medium-sized sweet potato contains over 400% of the body's daily needs for vitamin A.

These tuberous vegetables are loaded with fiber and they are good for the body in so many ways. Studies show that following a high-fiber diet helps people with type 2 diabetes to control their glucose levels. Fiber is also great for lowering the cholesterol, helping to maintain a healthy weight and stimulating regular bowel movements.

Sweet potatoes are a good source of potassium, a nutrient that is essential for the normal cell functions. Deficiency in the body can increase blood pressure and the risk of kidney stones, as well as trigger other health problems.

Sweet potatoes are extremely good for the eyes. They are rich in beta-carotene, which is associated with the health of the visual organs and have antioxidant powers from the concentration of vitamins C and E.

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They also contain choline - a nutrient that nourishes the brain. It helps with memory and learning and has anti-inflammatory action. They are also a great source of manganese - a mineral that speeds up the metabolism, bone development and helps absorb vitamins.

In addition, sweet potatoes are full of magnesium, which maintains a steady level of blood in the body and stimulates better sleep at night.

Are sweet potatoes healthier than ordinary ones?

Both types have their benefits, but sweet potatoes are a little higher in the rankings. Yes, they are sweeter, but they have slightly fewer calories and carbohydrates than ordinary potatoes and contain more vitamins and nutrients.

Do sweet potatoes help with weight loss?

The fiber in sweet potatoes helps to defeat hunger in two ways: they satiate well and keep the blood sugar stable.

It certainly matters how you make and eat sweet potatoes. Of course, the best option is when they are prepared and served in a healthy way - without frying, without high-calorie additives such as butter, bacon, white cheese or sour cream. And be sure to eat the sweet potato skin - it is rich in fiber and nutrients.

We suggest you try our sweet potato recipes.