Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Health Benefits of Sweet Potato
Posted by Green Yatra at 11:03 AMOne of the key health benefits of sweet potatoes is the dietary fiber that has been proven to help regulate blood sugar level in diabetics. Description Despite its name, the sweet potato really doesn’t belong to the same family as the potato, not even close. Potatoes are tubers, sweet potatoes are roots. In some places, the darker colored sweet potatoes have been mistakenly called yams. (Yams are often whitish to purplish color, depending on the variety. They have a distinct earthy taste, hardy texture and are hardly sweet.) There are many varieties of sweet potatoes with flesh ranging from white, yellow, orange and purple. Even the shapes and sizes range from being short and blocky to long and thin. Nutritional Benefits Sweet potatoes, especially the deeper-colored ones, are extremely rich in carotenes (precursor of vitamin A). They are also an excellent source of vitamins C, B2, B6, E and biotin (B7). In the minerals department, they provide good amounts of manganese, folate, copper and iron. It also has pantothenic acid and is rich in dietary fiber.