I am a big fan of sweet potatoes. Drum roll, please. Number one on the countdown of 10 best foods from the Center for Science in the Public Interest is Sweet Potatoes. A nutritional All-Star — one of the best vegetables you can eat. They’re loaded with carotenoids, Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
Harvard School of Public Health says, that sweet potatoes are typically recognized by their copper-colored skin and vibrant orange flesh, though the hundreds of varieties grown worldwide display colors such as white, cream, yellow, reddish-purple, and deep purple. Although they are often found on holiday tables covered in marshmallows or mixed with added sweeteners, there’s no need! True to their name, sweet potatoes have a naturally sweet flavor, which is further enhanced through cooking methods like roasting. They are also one of the top sources of beta-carotene—a precursor to vitamin A. Continue reading
I don’t do a lot of cooking items, but I wanted to reblog this for two reasons. I think sweet potatoes are delicious and also they are one of the under-appreciated foods. I bet you don’t eat them often enough.
|There are 112 calories in 1 5″ long Sweet Potato.
|Calorie breakdown: 0% fat, 94% carbs, 6% protein.
Our Better Health
Few foods are as versatile as they are nutritious, but the humble sweet potato is one exception. Whether you bake, roast, grill, saute, steam or microwave it, the orange-fleshed root vegetable delivers substantial amounts of vitamins A, C and B-6, potassium, iron and dietary fiber. Boiling sweet potatoes is not the most nutritious option because some of the vitamins are lost into the cooking water. You’ll get the most nutritional value from a sweet potato if you eat the whole thing, as its skin is a highly concentrated source of minerals and fiber. You’ll also absorb more of the vegetable’s beta-carotene – which your body converts to vitamin A – by consuming it with a small amount of fat.
In the Oven
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rinse the sweet potato under cool running water. Use your fingers to brush off any dirt, as…
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I have posted on the health benefits of sweet potatoes previously, but, I think good information bears expanding. Here is a very useful infographic.
Here are a couple of highlights, but click on this link for the entire spread.
In addition, WebMD has an informative spread on them, 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.”
Dr. Jonathan does a great job here on giving us chapter and verse on a fascinating pair of potatoes. I know I learned a lot. Hope you do too.
All About Healthy Choices
For all those insomniacs never realizing the cause of their sleep deprivation, I give you the answer to the long awaited question: White Potato vs. Sweet Potato: WHO WINS?
First, I will start by saying BOTH forms of potato (especially in organic form) are naturally HEALTHY products that provide good sources of nutrition. Interestingly, there are distinct differences between these vegetables coming from two different botanical families. White potatoes come from the Solanaceae family and Sweet potatoes come from the Convolvulaceae family. Although there are thousands of varieties, I will keep this simple by focusing on the white potato vs. the sweet potato. The following graph provides some nutrition facts; white potato on the left, sweet potato on the right:
Reference Source: Cleveland Clinic
This chart shows that white potatoes have greater amounts of protein, potassium, magnesium and iron as well as CALORIES and CARBOHYDRATES. Sweet potatoes have greater…
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First of all, I like sweet potatoes and I would eat them without their having amazing health benefits. I was surprised to learn several years ago that sweet potatoes rank in the top 10 foods as far as nutritional value goes. Feast on these benefits:
What I like about this list of super foods is that they look and sound like anything but super. Sometimes in our quest for good nutrition we overlook really good quality for exotic berries and concoctions. Clearly we can do very well by looking right in our own back yard.
My only quibble with this list is that in includes olive oil, but leaves off coconut oil. Please check out my Page – Coconut Oil – Why You Should Include it in Your Diet for more on this superb food.
Besides these five excellent foods, don’t forget that man does not live by bread alone. Make sure you get your exercise, too.
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Here are five foods you should eat for your health and wellness and for its anti-aging properties.
1. Sweet potatoes: vitamin A, C and Copper.
2. Cranberries: antioxidants and inflammation fighting properties.
3. Beets: too many benefits, including vitamins A and C, iron, manganese, fiber, betaine compound and much more…
4. Green beans: vitamin C and mineral silicon.
5. Root veggies such as carrots and more: rich in antioxidant vitamins A and C, in beta carotene (for eyes) and more…
I won’t go into too much Details… Find out more by reading the following Huffington Post article.
If you are visually impaired or simply rather listen to the article, see link below:
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Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest foods you can eat.
Fiber, protein and carbohydrates are the three-legged nutritional stool upon which our lives depend. Harvard has issued a report that includes a super write-up on the value of fiber in our daily diet.
Harvard Medical School offers special reports on over 50 health topics. Visit their website to find reports of interest to you and your family.
Fiber: The workhorse
Fiber is a form of indigestible carbohydrate found mainly in plant foods. Over the years, fiber has been hailed as a potential weapon against colon cancer, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Fiber’s vaunted health benefits were diminished slightly by findings that it doesn’t prevent colon polyps (precursors of colon cancer). But fiber slightly reduces LDL cholesterol, improves insulin resistance, and is linked to a lower rate of heart disease. It is considered one of the most important health attributes of foods.