Benefits of sweet potatoes

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Sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes, oh sweet potatoes. What would I do without you? I almost always include sweet potatoes in my weekly meal prep. One question people tend to ask is: Is it a Super Food? Um, in my life it is, I might as well stamp an “S” on it’s chest. My main reasons for eating sweet potatoes so much are:

  • I love sweets
  • It is a vegetable
  • They are inexpensive
  • So many things can be done with them

However, there are many benefits to sweet potatoes. I am not going to list all of the benefits here, but will go over a few key ones.

  • Vitamin A- One medium sized potato can give you more Vitamin A than the daily percentage suggests, as it generally has about 300%. Vitamin A helps with our vision, immune system and cell growth.
  • Vitamin C – One cup has more than half of the daily suggestion for Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and it helps to prevent and fight viruses in our bodies.
  • Fiber-The average potato has about 30% of daily suggestion amount for fiber. Fiber helps with the movement of our food once it is consumed. It normalizes and helps with our bowel movements.

These are just a few of the benefits. There are others such as Vitamin B6, potassium, copper and manganese. It is really important to take a look at what you are eating, determine what nutrients are needed and where you are getting them. Are you a sweet potato eater? If so, how do you prepare them?

 

 

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