Recently, in the past few years, sweet potatoes have been incorporated into more and more recipes and have been created as a side alternative in restaurants with the claim that they are healthier than the traditional white potato. So, what are the health benefits and what are the best ways to prepare these super foods?
The biggest health benefit that is promoted in regards to sweet potatoes is that they are rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A is considered a cancer fighting nutrient in that it protects the body from oxygenation which is the reason that the body ages and becomes diseased.
While vitamin A is an important nutrient, it is not the only health benefit to sweet potatoes they are very rich in other key nutrients as well such as vitamins C, B6 and D. Vitamin C not only helps prevent illness, but it is also helps regenerate body cells, from a wound for example. Vitamin B6 is an important nutrient to help reduce the risk of heart attack, and vitamin D is a key nutrient in increasing energy levels and mood.
Sweet potatoes are also packed with fiber, which not only helps your digestive system but helps you feel fuller longer and helps with weight loss.
Finally, and most importantly, sweet potatoes have an extremely versatile flavor that allows them to be consumed as sweet or savory. However, it is important to be mindful of how the sweet potato is prepared. Many times restaurants will offer sweet potato fries in place of regular French fries, but they are still deep fried so you are not getting any of the health benefits that have been described. In this case, just go with a steamed vegetable or side salad and make your own baked sweet potato fries at home.
Here is a link to a few amazing sweet potato recipes. Enjoy!