Nutrition

All About Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes have become a popular food item in recent years. Not only are they extremely tasty because of their sweet flavor, but also provide many nutrients, making them a great substitute for regular potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals with a variety of health benefits. These nutrients include:

• Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene (which gives them their orange color!):  These two vitamins help maintain vision, help with bone and tooth growth, reproduction, and your immune system.

• Vitamin C: This vitamin helps with collagen synthesis. This means that it helps form scar tissue and aids in bone growth. It also works as an antioxidant, helps absorb iron, and supports our immune system.’

• Potassium: This mineral helps muscles to contract and to maintain balance of the fluid and electrolytes in your body.

• Calcium: This mineral is an important factor in bone density and growth. It also helps muscles to contract and relax.

Sweet potatoes are low in fat, low in calories and high in fiber. There are so many fun ways you can prepare them! You can use them in breads, muffins, and pies. You can simply bake or mash them, and if you want to make them sweeter you can add brown sugar or cinnamon. Or you could even make French fries out of them!

Take a break from regular potatoes and pick up some sweet potatoes the next time you are at the grocery store!

By Amber Jones

Photo Source: home.howstuffworks.com

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