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Benefits of sweet potato

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  • Vitamin E:an antioxidant that may protect against heart disease.
  • Potassium:  useful in muscle contraction, nerve transmission, bone health, water balance, and normal blood pressure.
  • Copper:  keeps keeping muscles healthy and skin taut.
  • Quercetin:research shoes this potent phytonutrient may help you breathe easier by warding off allergies, hay fever, and asthma.
  • Digestion-sweet potatoes helps the body maintain a healthy digestive tract and regulates digestion.
  • Cancer prevention—“Orange sweet potatoes have been shown to have anti-carcinogenic properties.
  • However, purple sweet potatoes may be even more effective than orange sweet potatoes in staving off cancer.
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These are high in vitamin B6.  Which  helps  to reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including heart attacks.

  1. They are a good source of vitamin C.,D and E.
  2. Sweet potatoes contain iron.
  3. Sweet potatoes are a good source of mag­nesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function, yet experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the popula­tion in North America may be deficient in this important mineral.
  4. They are a source of potassium, one of the important electrolytes that helpregulate heartbeat and nerve signals..
  5. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.
  6. Anti-Inflammatory Nutrients present in Sweet Potato

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Anthocyanin and other color-related pigments in sweet potato are equally valuable for their anti-inflammatory health benefits.

  • Potential Improvement of Blood Sugar Regulation
  • sweet potatoes are a nutritious, delicious food that should pose no significant health risks..
  • They may also cause some interesting skin-related side effects. “While there aren’t any severe health problems associated with sweet potatoes, they are high in vitamin A, which the body stores,” Flores said. “When levels get too high, you may notice your skin and nails looking a little orange.” This side effect should decrease if you cut down on sweet potato consumption.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, people with a history of kidney stones may want to avoid eating too many sweet potatoes, as the vegetable contains oxalate, which contributes to the forming of calcium-oxalate kidney stones.

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Sweet potatoes are roots, whereas regular potatoes are tubers

Sweet potatoes are not always orange-fleshed on the inside but can also be a spectacular purple color.

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Sweet potatoes don’t have to take a long time to prepare. Cutting them into 1/2-inch slices and Healthy Steaming them for just 7 minutes not only brings out their great flavor but helps to maximize their nutritional value.

Storage:

Choose sweet potatoes that are firm and do not have any cracks, bruises or soft spots. Avoid those that are displayed in the refrigerated section of the produce department since cold temperature negatively alters their taste.

Sweet potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark and well-ventilated place, where they will keep fresh for up to ten days. Ideally, they should be kept out of the refrigerator in a cool, dry, dark place not above 60°F /15°C, which would fit the characteristics of a root cellar. Yet since most people don’t have root cellars, we’d suggest just keeping your sweet potatoes loose (not in a plastic bag, but if desired, a brown paper bag with multiple air holes punched in it will work) and storing them in a cool, dark, and well-ventilated cupboard away from sources of excess heat (like the stove).

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