Sweet Potato are rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals. In this posting, i will share some facts about why these starchy, sweet root vegetables are so good for you and discover the best ways to cook them.
What is Sweet Potato?
The Sweet Potato is a starchy, sweet-tasting root vegetable. They have a thin, brown skin on the outside with coloured flesh inside – most commonly orange in colour. Other varieties are white, purple or yellow. You can eat sweet potatoes whole or peeled and the leaves of the plant are edible too.
They may both be called ‘potatoes’, but sweet and white potatoes are not actually related. So dont get confuse with this two.
Facts about Sweet Potato.
1. Nutritional Value
Sweet potatoes are rich source of fibre as well as containing a good array of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium and they’re a good source of most of our B vitamins and vitamin C. One of the key nutritional benefits of sweet potato is that they’re high in an antioxidant known as beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A once consumed.
2. Good for digestion
Sweet potatoes are high in fibre, which has been prove to promote a healthy digestive system. Research shown it appear that the high phytosterol content of sweet potatoes does have a protective effect on the digestive system and may be important in the prevention and management of duodenal and gastric ulcers.
3. Good for eye health
A study by Food & Nutrition Research found that purple sweet potatoes contain a specific group of antioxidants also known as anthocyanins which have been shown to be beneficial to the eyes.
4. Help reduce risk of cancer
While there are no single ‘superfoods’ that can prevent cancer and certain risk factors for cancer are unrelated to diet, there is evidence that eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of cancer. Fruit and vegetables are high in antioxidants, compounds that help defend the body against damage by ‘free radicals’. Studies have suggested that the antioxidants in the peel of sweet potatoes in particular may help reduce this oxidation process, thereby reducing the risk of cancer.
Perhaps in my next posting, i will share some recipe how to prepare your sweet potatoes.