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12 REASONS TO LOVE SWEET POTATOES

12 REASONS TO LOVE SWEET POTATOES

Sweet potatoes are the ultimate vegetable. They are full of health benefits, super versatile, easy to cook and generally available all year round. 

 

Before we dive into all the amazing reasons we love sweet potatoes, the skill-testing question is what is the difference between a yam and a sweet potato?  Learn the difference and make sure to fill your cart full of them! 

 

 

Here are 12 reasons why we love sweet potatoes: 

 

They help you chill out  

They are a good source of magnesium, which plays a large role in calming the brain. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to depression, mood disturbances, and headaches. Other good sources of magnesium include avocados, legumes, tofu, nuts, seeds, and leafy greens.

 

They make you look good 

Sweet potatoes give you lots of vitamin C when you eat them. Vitamin C helps aid the production of collagen, which in return helps maintain your skin’s elasticity.

 

Boosts your immunity 

They are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. One cup of baked sweet potatoes contains 52% of your daily value of vitamin C and vitamin A, which is important for wound healthy and tissue repair. Vitamin A helps your body make immune cells that fight off infections. 

 

They Give you energy 

Because sweet potatoes have natural sugar in it, the sugar get’s slowly released into your bloodstream, which is also great for people with diabetes. No sugar high means no sugar crash. 

 

Make you happy 

These orange beauties are full of Vitamin D. So, when there is no sunshine in these rainy and snowy months, and they provide you with the daily dose of vitamin D to keep you at your happiest.


 

 

Keeps you young 

Orange vegetables naturally contain beta-carotene, which protects against aging.

 

Good for your digestion 

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of fiber, especially when you eat the skins. One medium potato has six grams of dietary fiber, and are a complex carb, so that means that sweet potatoes feed your body good bacteria.

 

Help you see in the dark 

Sweet potatoes contain several nutrients that have been linked to improved eye health and vision. Some of the most powerful are the carotenoids. They include alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. All stuff that is good for your vision. 

 

Keep you from swelling 

This is due to their high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and magnesium. Their abundance of antioxidants doesn’t hurt here, either. One of the particular antioxidants that’s found in purple sweet potato flesh is cyanidin. Cyanidin has been linked to reducing inflammation, especially in the digestive tract.

 

different types of sweet potatoes

 

Help fight cancer 

A study published in Nutrition and Cancer in 2016 looked at the antioxidant and anti-cancer effects of an extract from sweet potato peels. Make sure to leave the skins on when you roast the sweet potatoes.

 

Heart-healthy 

The high fiber content of sweet potatoes can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, helping to prevent cardiovascular disease. They are also high in potassium, which works in balance with sodium in your body to maintain healthy blood pressure. They’re also high in copper, an essential metal for making red blood cells and keeping your heart happy. 

 

Easy to store 

Keep them in a dry, cool (but not refrigerated) place and they will last a few weeks after purchase. Perfect to stock up and eat every day! 

 

 

 

Sweet potato love

 

Time to get cooking, here are 5 easy sweet potato recipes 

Zoey Jones

Zoey is the social media and content coordinator at SPUD. When she is not at work you can find her making a mess in the kitchen, sipping on coffee and playing board games.

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