There are a range of foods known to have incredible health boosting properties such as spinach, garlic, blueberries, kale, avocado, salmon, and chia seeds. However, one food that people may not be aware of for its health benefits is the sweet potato.
Adding sweet potatoes into your diet can have the following health benefits via Megan Ware RDN LD:
- Sweet potatoes are high in fiber. Those who suffer with type 1 diabetes and consume sweet potatoes may see lower blood-glucose levels. Those who suffer with type 2 diabetes and consume sweet potatoes may have improved blood sugar, lipids, and insulin levels.
- Sweet potatoes are high in potassium, which can lower blood pressure.
- Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, which can lower the risk of prostate and colon cancers.
- Because sweet potatoes are high in fiber they can prevent constipation and promote regularity.
- Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A and iron. Iron from this plant source can promote fertility in women of child bearing age. As for the vitamin A in sweet potatoes, it is essential for hormone synthesis during pregnancy and lactation.
- Sweet potatoes contain vitamin C and beta-carotene, which can offer an important immunity boost.
- Sweet potatoes contain choline, which can help with sleep, muscle movement, and memory. It also assists in the absorption of fat and can reduce chronic inflammation.
- Vitamin A and beta-carotene contained in sweet potatoes can help restore vision. Whereas, vitamins C and E found in sweet potatoes supports eye health and can help prevent degenerative damage.
If you want to incorporate sweet potatoes into your diet it’s pretty easy as there are some really great recipes out there to try. I put my favorite one down below!
Miso and Sweet Potato Soup with Ginger
Organic extra virgin olive oil
1 large organic yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves organic garlic, minced
1 piece of fresh organic ginger, peeled and grated (1/4 cup)
3 cups mashed organic sweet potatoes (roast first)
3 tablespoons light miso
4 cups organic vegetable broth
1/2 cup organic whole milk
Salt and pepper for taste