How healthy are sweet potatoes?

I have posted on the health benefits of sweet potatoes previously, but, I think good information bears expanding. Here is a very useful infographic.

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Here are a couple of highlights, but click on this link for the entire spread.

In addition, WebMD has an informative spread on then, too. Under the  heading Antioxidants Aplenty it offers: “Not all sweet potatoes are orange. Their skins and insides can be white, yellow, brown, red, pink, and purple. The range of color brings different nutrients to the table. Purple-fleshed sweet potatoes are thought to contain super-high levels of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents. As these substances pass through your system, they balance out free radicals — chemicals that harm your cells.”

Under the heading Healthy Prep Is Easy it says: “The way you cook your sweet potatoes can make a big difference in the nutrition you’ll get from the dish. One study measured how many carotenoids, like beta-carotene, stayed in the food afterward. The simplest method, oven baking, turned out to be the best.”

Tony

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4 responses to “How healthy are sweet potatoes?

  1. Good to know this! I have taken a liking to sweet potatoes and I think I just started liking them even more 🙂

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  2. Cool! And according to Jamaicans, they make you a faster runner : )

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