5 Healthy Reasons To Eat Sweet Potatoes
Ever wondered what nutritious effects sweet potato has on our health? We lay out the 5 health benefits below….
1. Blood-Sugar Control
Studies have shown that most starchy root vegetables are not good for blood-sugar control, because most food starches can be converted by our digestive tract into simple sugars, which spike blood sugar levels. However, sweet potatoes have the ability to improve blood sugar regulation, as they are one of four vegetables that have a GI rating of medium, the others being beets, corn and leeks.
2. Aids In Fertility
For women of childbearing age, consuming more iron from plant sources appears to promote fertility, according to Harvard Medical School’s Health Publications. The vitamin A is also essential during pregnancy and lactation, for hormone synthesis.
3. 16 Shades Of Sweet
When we think of sweet potato, it is normally the purple skin kind that comes to mind, but there are over 16 types of sweet potato to choose from, all of which have varying flavours and textures. This allows you to pick and choose according to your palate, but still get all of the goodness sweet potatoes have to offer.
4. Jam-Packed With Goodness
Sweet potatoes are the perfect go-to vegetable, as they have all of the vitamins and minerals you need. One medium sweet potato will provide well over 100% of your daily needs of vitamin A, as well as 37% of vitamin C, 16% of vitamin B6 and 15% of potassium. They also contain small amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, folate and zinc.
5. 20/20 Vision
According to a Duke ophthalmologist, Jill Koury, vitamin A deficiency causes the outer segments of the eye’s photoreceptors to deteriorate, damaging normal vision.
Correcting vitamin A deficiencies with foods high in beta-carotene will restore vision, which is where sweet potatoes come in – which this study elaborates on more. The antioxidant vitamins C and E in sweet potatoes are also known to prevent degenerative damage to the eyes.
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