The Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

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Did you know that sweet potatoes are one of the oldest known vegetables? That’s right. They were said to be discovered in Central and South America about 10,000 years ago.

Fast forward to the present, they are a traditional holiday favourite, whether it’s a casserole, pie, soup or as a side dish. They’re also great just as they are – baked, steamed, or boiled – because of their natural sweetness. It’s like an instant dessert!

But they work beyond being the star of your Thanksgiving meals. They are packed with essential nutrients, including Vitamins A, B and C, manganese, potassium, which all fight inflammation. Read more about the health benefits of sweet potatoes in this article on The Science of Eating:

BENEFITS OF SWEET POTATOES

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like sweet potatoes decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight. Read more…

So although they are sweet, they don’t really cause blood sugar spikes. You will even get a steady amount of energy. Well, they’re undoubtedly a nutritious food!

Unfortunately, a lot of people are missing out on its benefits. They’re probably only recognized during the holidays. That’s why scientists conducted a study on how to get people eating them all year round. Here’s the report written by Stephanie Castillo on Medical Daily:

Scientists Plan To Maximize The Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

Scientists from North Carolina State’s Plants for Human Health Institute are working to get Americans to eat more sweet potatoes, The News & Observer reported. Read more…

And if you want some ideas to spice up your meals, Mind Body Green’s associate food editor Leah Vanderveldt compiled 15 healthy and mouthwatering recipes:

15 Healthy (And Ridiculously Tasty) Sweet Potato Recipes

Sweet potatoes are a favourite of mine year-round, but they seem especially appropriate in fall. One of the coolest things about sweet potatoes (besides how good for you they are) is that they’re great in both sweet and savoury dishes. Read more…

In conclusion, the health benefits of sweet potatoes are enough reason to eat them all year round. Well, of course, aside from the fact that they make really good meals. They reduce your risk of chronic illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and certain types of cancers. They also aid in digestion, ease stress, support eye health, and promote glowing skin.

The healthiest way to cook them, which will provide you with the most nutrients and flavour, is through healthy steaming. This will take up to seven minutes. Boiling is the second best, and it will take about 10 to 12 minutes.

They are available in your local markets throughout the year, but the freshest produce comes in the fall. You may also want to buy organic produce to get the maximum benefits. They don’t contain chemicals from fertilizers or herbicides, plus they taste better!

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