Wednesday 17 January 2018
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Amazing Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

Well. So Sweet Potato! Most of them don’t have it though. Yeah I should say is sweetens our taste buds. It looks a kinda weird. But try having its Heaven!! Not just like that, raw, you can consume in different ways. I just want to remind you about how beneficial is it to you, for your body, for your health indeed. They the NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE indeed.

It is basically, mind blowing great for your Cardiovascular Health! It is a starch-rich tuber plant, its crunchy, starch-rich flesh is rich source of flavonoid pigment anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber that are essential for optimal health. It is one of the high calorie starch foods (provide 90 calories/100 g to 70 calories/100 g in potato). The tuber, however, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, and is rich source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals than potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are considered low on the glycemic index scale, and recent research suggests they may reduce episodes of low blood sugar and insulin resistance in people with diabetes. The fiber in sweet potatoes makes a big difference too. Studies have shown that type 1 diabetics who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels and type 2 diabetics may have improved blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels. One medium sweet potato provides about 6 grams of fiber (skin on).

Its calorie content mainly comes from starch, a complex carbohydrate. Sweet potato has higher amylose to the amylopectin ratio than that in potato. Amylose raises the blood sugar levels rather slowly on comparison to simple fruit sugars (fructose, glucose etc) and therefore, recommended as a healthy food item even in diabetes. The tubers are packed with many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), and thiamin (vitamin B-1), niacin, and riboflavin. These vitamins are essential in the sense that the human body requires them from external sources to replenish. These vitamins function as co-factors for various enzymes during metabolism.

Sweet potato provides good amount of vital minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium that are very essential for enzyme, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism. Sweet potato top greens are indeed more nutritious than the tuber itself. Weight per weight, 100 g of fresh leaves carry more iron, vitamin C, folates, vitamin K, and potassium but less sodium than its tuber. Also, Because of its high fiber content, sweet potatoes help to prevent Constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

Also of note, the Antioxidant vitamins C and E in sweet potatoes have been shown to support eye health and prevent degenerative damage. A higher intake of these fruits (one or more servings per day) has also been shown to decrease the risk and degeneration af age related macular degeneration.

Yeah and the most important thing comes here! Fitness?!!

Heavy exercising, having Branded Nutritional health products just won’t make you fit, you got to give up some things and add more of these to your nutritional list(you may have a limited version as required) to look and feel better! Yeah folks! It adds a lot more and more.

Don’t let those disgustingly sugary Thanksgiving-day dishes fool you. Sweet Potatoes, though sweet, they are a nutritional powerhouse, ideal whether you’re trying to cut carbs and lose weight or bulk up and build muscle.

What exactly, are these fiber-rich root vegetables packing?

Carotenoids: plant compounds that squelch cell damage caused by everyday living—and challenging workouts

Potassium: a mineral necessary for muscle contraction, nerve transmission, bone health, water balance, and normal blood pressure.

Copper: it assists in the production of collagen, which is responsible for keeping muscles healthy and skin stitched strong, taut.

Quercetin: may help you breathe easier by warding off allergies, hay fever, and asthma.

Don’t You want to have them now?

Try it on! They won’t disappoint you.

Here are some ways of serve the Sweeties!! 🙂

  • They can be consumed in a variety of ways, but are most commonly boiled, baked, steamed or fried
  • Baking in water with a pinch of salt would give rich taste to them. Peel the skin before eating
  • Camote, sweet potato known as in the Latin world, is used extensively in the Mexican cuisine
  • Camote cue, wherein the sweet potato chops deep-fried and caramelized with brown sugar, is a popular street food in the Philippines
  • Its sweet flesh is used in the preparation of soups, curries, stews, and in confectionary to make cakes, pie…etc.
  • The tuber also used to prepare different kinds of baby foods.
  • Sweet potato chips are enjoyed as favorite snacks
  • Why just potato, finger chip?? You can use sweet ones!
  • Well, also try on for a brownies, fries, casseroles, cakes, etc.
  • You can have a lot of such recipies. But make it a point to love and have them.

For a safety profile, avoid them if:

Sweet potatoes contain oxalic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in some vegetables that may crystallize as oxalate stones in the urinary tract in some people.

It is, therefore, individuals with known history of oxalate urinary tract stones may have to avoid eating them. Adequate intake of water is, therefore, advised to maintain normal urine output in these individuals to minimize stone risk.

Else you can consult your doctor before consuming.

*HAPPINESS is Sweet French fries!! 🙂