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Sweet Potatoes Are the Perfect Food

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By Erin M. Phelan


Sweet potatoes rate high in the list of foods that can help us achieve optimum heath -that state of physical and mental well being, accompanied by high levels of energy and a strong, perfectly balanced immune system- and you might wonder why. Wonder no more.

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By Erin M. Phelan

Sweet potatoes rate high in the list of foods that can help
us achieve optimum heath -that state of physical and mental
well being, accompanied by high levels of energy and a
strong, perfectly balanced immune system- and you might
wonder why. Wonder no more.

HERE ARE 8 REASONS WHY:

1. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber (4g - one medium sized
sweet potato). And also fat free, therefore saturated fat free too, low
in sodium, and low in cholesterol.

2. A Sweet way to get good nutrition--
Not only are they a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C,
Manganese, Vitamin B6, sweet potatoes are also a good
way to get copper, iron, dietary fiber, and potassium.

3. They have proteins with potent antioxidant effects--
The latest research studies focused on two areas of
health benefit. The unique root stores proteins observed
to have significant antioxidant capacities. In one
study, the proteins had about one third the antioxidant
activity of glutathione - one of the body's most
impressive internally produced antioxidants. More
research is needed on this point.

4. "Anti-diabetic" food--
Recently the sweet potato has been classified as an
"anti-diabetic" food. They have been given this label
because of some animal studies in which the potato helped
in stabilizing blood sugar levels and lowered insulin
resistance. Some of these blood sugar regulatory
properties may come from the fact that sweet potatoes are
concentrated in carotenoids. More research is needed in
this area.

5. Antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory food--
As a wonderful source vitamin A in the form of beta-
carotene, and a good source of vitamin C, they have
healing properties as an antioxidant food. Both beta-
carotene and vitamin C are very powerful antioxidants.
Sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamin B6, which has
been associated with decreasing the risk of heart attack
and stroke.

6. Protection against emphysema--
If you smoke or are frequently exposed to secondhand
smoke, then making vitamin A-rich foods, such as sweet
potatoes, part of your healthy way of eating, may save
your life; as research conducted at Kansas State
University suggests. A common carcinogen in cigarette
smoke induces vitamin A deficiency, and a diet rich in
vitamin A can help counter this effect, greatly reducing
your chances of getting emphysema.

7. A nutritional powerhouse--
Just 4 ounces of cooked pulp supply 2 grams of protein,
24.6 mg of vitamin C, 3.4 grams of fiber, 20 mg of
magnesium, 28 mg of calcium, 22.6 mcg of folic acid,
21822 I.U. of vitamin A, and 348 mg of potassium. And
that's for only a half cup serving. The skins, which are
completely edible, add even more fiber.

8. They work well in some of the most popular diets--
South Beach Diet, Atkins Diet, and Sugar busters Diet
have all listed the sweet potato as a good carb. This is
because among root vegetables, sweet potatoes have the
lowest glycemic index rating. The sweet potato is slow
to digest, causing a smooth and steady rise in blood
sugar so you feel satisfied longer.

GLOSSARY


  • Antioxidants work in the body to eliminate free radicals.
  • Free radicals are chemicals that damage cells and cell
    membranes. Free radicals have been associated with the
    development of conditions like diabetic heart disease,
    atherosclerosis, and colon cancer. These nutrients also
    combat inflammation; they are helpful in reducing the
    severity of conditions where inflammation plays a role, such
    as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and asthma.

Erin M. Phelan combines cooking and writing about food
with her love for the countryside. She is a modern homesteader, raising her own organic food.

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