Though the sweet potato is not as popular as it once was; it has several health benefits. It was once the staple diet of the Americans. The potatoes are low in calories and have zero fats. They are also a power house of mineral and are rich in fiber.
Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and this helps to prevent indigestion as well as helps to control ones weight gain. A medium sized potato provides the body with approximately 4 grams of fiber and this is almost the same amount that a serving of oats would give you. In addition to being an agent that helps in digestion the potatoes also help to prevent heart related diseases, manages blood sugar an ensures healthy functioning of the bowels.
The sweet potatoes also help to maintain healthy bones and ensure that the joints are functioning well. In this way the root helps to prevent osteoporosis. The presence of manganese in the potatoes helps the body to produce more energy and also helps the body to contract and strengthen the muscles.
Sweet potatoes also contain high amounts of phosphorus. This mineral promotes growth and maintenance of bones, teeth and also ensures the healthy functioning of the joints. In addition to this it also ensures cell repair and growth.
Sweet potatoes contain beta carotene. A cup of sweet potato gives your body 100 percent of the required amount of vitamin E and 65 percent of the required vitamin C. These vitamins acts as anti oxidants that helps to get rid of free radicals and prevent cell damage. In this way it helps to slow down the aging process, prevent the formation of cataracts and also prevents heart and breast cancer while also ensuring a healthy heart.
How to cook sweet potato
Most of us shy away from eating this spud because we are unaware of how to cook it. In order to get all the nutrients from the potatoes it is best to cook it dry without adding any oils to it. It is best to bake the potatoes and eat it; baking brings out the natural sugars and gives a natural sweet flavor to the root. You can bake it as a whole or slice it into wedges and cook it. You could also boil and stew the potatoes or puree them. This will make a great smoothie and is the perfect idea for a quick breakfast or a healthy snack.