Among the huge choice of vegetables, you might not have noticed the sweet and satisfying sweet potato. Some people avoid this vegetable due to the misconception that it contains a lot of sugar. It does taste sweet and contains sugar, but that’s no reason to cut it out of your diet. I will try to convince you of the usefulness of this vegetable. Moreover, all the arguments in favor of sweet potatoes are confirmed by many studies.
Sweet potatoes have a similar texture and are high in starch like ordinary potatoes. On the market, you can find different varieties of sweet potatoes that have different colors such as white, yellow, purple, or orange.
Scientists suggest that sweet potatoes were used by our ancestors who lived more than 5 thousand years ago. The homeland of this vegetable is considered to be the tropical regions of America.
Today, healthy lifestyles use sweet potatoes as an alternative to potatoes. Once you have tasted sweet potatoes, you will fall in love with its sweet taste. At the same time, sweet potatoes can be eaten both raw and cooked. Regardless of the type of sweet potato you eat, you get the vitamins and minerals you need for your health. Sweet potatoes contain vitamins A, B3,6,5, and C. Eating a serving of sweet potatoes gives your body half the daily value of manganese and potassium.
Sweet potatoes are especially beneficial for people who suffer from constipation and certain intestinal diseases. It contains a lot of soluble and insoluble fiber, which improves intestinal microflora and reduces the risk of bowel cancer.
At the same time, despite the starch and sugar contained in sweet potatoes, its calorie content is quite low. 100 grams contains about 90 calories.
Also, scientists suggest that sweet potatoes may help preserve your brain even in old age. Unfortunately, the research was carried out only on animals, and it is too early to talk about the effect of sweet potato on the human brain. Nevertheless, scientists are studying the effect of the anthocyanins contained in purple sweet potatoes on human cognitive abilities. If they confirm their theory, then there is a chance that sweet potatoes will become a product to prevent the development of dementia.
Thus, we can conclude that the minerals and vitamins contained in sweet potatoes help to normalize blood pressure, improve metabolism and bowel function, help normalize weight, and lower cholesterol levels.
Sweet potatoes can be fried, baked, boiled, mashed. Traditional South American cuisine contains many sweet potato recipes. You can experiment and find the one that you like best. Eat sweet potatoes to keep you healthy for years. Also, all your family members will appreciate the pleasant taste of sweet potatoes, even those who do not adhere to the rules of a healthy diet.