Today’s food is “SWEET POTATO”
Over the next few days I will be looking at a range of healthy foods, the nutrition they offer, and how they affect our bodies in positive ways.
As most of you are now well aware I am against supplements/powders/pills and potions, especially those still on the market full of chemicals and bad substances that have been banned in other countries. My aim is to get people away from the charlatans and non-natural food products that are pushed and promoted as healthy whilst actually being bad for us, lining the pockets of the sellers whom have no regard for our health. (source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/sweet_potato.html )
Health benefits of Sweet potato
- Sweet potato is one of the average calorie starch food (provide just 90 cal/100 g vs 70 calories/100 g of potato). The tuber, however, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; but is rich source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
- Its calorie content mainly comes from starch, a complex carbohydrate. Starch raises the blood sugar levels slowly on comparison to simple sugars and therefore, recommended as a healthy food supplement even in diabetes.
- The tuber is excellent source of flavonoid phenolic compounds such as beta-carotene and vitamin A(100 g tuber provides 14187 IU of vitamin A and 8509 mcg of β-carotene). The value is one of the highest among root vegetables category. These compounds are powerful natural antioxidants. Vitamin A is also required by the body to maintain integrity of healthy mucus membranes and skin. It is also vital nutrient for vision. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
- The tubers are packed with many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5),pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), and thiamin (vitamin B-1), niacin, and riboflavin. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish. These vitamins function as co-factors for various enzymes during metabolism.
- Sweet potato provides good amount of vital minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium that are very essential for enzyme, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism.
- Sweet potato leaves are indeed more nutritious than tuber. Weight per weight, 100 g of fresh leaves contain more iron, vitamin C, folates, vitamin K, and potassium but less sodium than the tuber.