Sweet Potatoes

Mmmmm, sweet potatoes. Sweet, creamy, gorgeous in color - can anyone say beta-carotene? Sweet Potatoes are one of those too good to be true foods. Antioxidants, anti-inflammatory qualities, calcium, potassium, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C. I could go on and on, and I will.

SweetPotatoes

Sweet potatoes are incredibly nutritious. Check out what one medium baked sweet potato has:

  • 0.2 grams of fat
  • 103 calories
  • 0 cholesterol
  • 1% sodium
  • contains 15% of your daily intake of potassium - helps heart, brain, kidney, and muscle tissue health

  • 15% of fiber
  • 438% of Vitamin A(!) - strong eyes, vision, helps heart, lungs, and kidney function
  • 37% of Vitamin C
  • 15% of Vitamin B-6 - helps reduce heart disease by lowering levels of homocystein, an amino in the blood
  • 7% of magnesium - helps prevent high blood pressure

Beta-Carotene

Beta-carotene are pigments called carotenoids that provide about 50% of Vitamin A needed in our diets. After ingested, our bodies convert beta-carotene to Vitamin A which then helps to protect cells from damage. It is used to decrease asthma symptoms caused by exercise; to prevent certain cancers, heart disease, cataracts, and age related macular degeneration (AMD); and to treat AIDS, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, epilepsy, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, infertility, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, and skin disorders including psoriasis and vitiligo. 

Medical authorities also recommend we get beta-carotene from foods we eat, rather than from supplements.

So eat up and turn a little orange! (Just kidding, you won't turn orange! You'll just turn healthy!)