The sweet potato is a plant that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. These wonderful naturally sweet vegetables also commonly labeled as yams, are an excellent and inexpensive staple to have on hand. They have got over 438 % of your daily needs for vitamin A in one medium spud, as well as loads of fiber and potassium. Sweet potatoes are an excellent gluten-free option for those who are looking to replace carbohydrates in their diet.
Sweet potatoes are often used in recipes, and many people don’t realize the nutritional in that food. As if being one of the top vegetable sources of beta-carotene weren’t enough, sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamins C and E. These are potent antioxidant vitamins that play an important role in disease prevention and longevity, also play a huge role in the health and beauty of your skin and hair, making them popular supplements. Here a bit more about the health benefits of sweet potatoes.
The color of the peel of the sweet potatoes, contains beta-carotene, vitamin C and anticarcinogenic substance. The beta carotene and vitamin-C contained in sweet potatoes are very beneficial for curing various types of cancer, mainly those of the colon, intestines, prostrate, kidneys and other internal organs.
A large amount of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are also known to be natural effective in curing internal and external inflammation.
The idea is that sweet potatoes can replace rice or carbohydrate intake as a healthier option. Sweet potato has higher amylose to amylopectin ratio than that in potato. Amylose raises the blood sugar levels rather slowly on comparison to simple fruit sugars (fructose, glucose, etc.) and therefore, recommended as a healthy food even in diabetes.
Sweet potatoes have a relatively low calorie content, which is also very important if you are trying to lose weight. Sweet potatoes are sweet, and they contain very good amounts of complex starch, along with healthy vitamins, minerals and some proteins. Moreover, they are very easy to digest.Thus, they provide a lot of energy and are excellent bulk builders for people looking to gain weight.
Sweet potatoes don’t have to take a long time to prepare. Cutting them into 1/2-inch slices and Quick Steaming them for just 7 minutes not only brings out their great flavor but helps to maximize their nutritional value. And you can add cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cloves for extra flavor and nutrition.