The Wonders of: Sweet Potatoes

When I was a kid the only sweet potato I knew what the one at Thanksgiving covered in marshmallows. I never cared for those sweet potatoes. I would pick all the marshmallows off and just snack on those, leaving the orange mush behind. I don’t know if it was the brown sugar, the cinnamon or the cloves that I didn’t like. Come to think of it, it may have been the consistency. To this day I still do not like mashed sweet potatoes.

As the years passed, and I started to venture into new food territory, I realized that sweet potatoes came in many different forms. There are fries, tots, roasted cubes, wedges, hash, chips and so much more.

When I started eating my low-carb diet, I found that sweet potatoes were a great option for me as they didn’t give me a sugar spike and kept me full for a long period of time. These are not the only benefits of sweet potatoes. This vegetable is full of Vitamin A, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents and sugar regulating nutrients.

The Wonders of Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes contain tons of Vitamin A and beta-carotene. In fact, they contain more than any other food, even more than carrots! They also contain about 35% of our daily necessity of Vitamin A. That’s awesome if you ask me!

Because of the genes found in sweet potatoes, these orange guys also help with irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis {TMI notice: I used to get colitis about once a month or every six weeks. Since starting my new diet which includes a large amount of sweet potatoes, I haven’t had it even once}.

Sweet potatoes also have a high amount of potassium. This is great for lowering blood pressure and getting red of extra, unnecessary sodium. Potassium is necessary to help regulate the rhythm of your heart and to regulate the functions of your brain.

As if that weren’t enough, sweet potatoes also have high levels of manganese. Why does that matter you ask? It’s awesome because it is one very important component of metabolizing carbohydrates and helps to support health blood-sugar levels. Instead of feeling only a temporary fullness after eating most other carbohydrates, the manganese in sweet potatoes helps to keep you full for longer, making you snack less and ingest less carbohydrates. Manganese can also help to treat anemia and premenstrual symptoms in women. Score times three!

Sweet potatoes are basically one of the most awesome foods ever and you should eat as many of them as you want.

More sweet potato recipes coming your way soon!

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