Sweet potato – Health benefits and importance of eating of Sweet potato

Sweet potato and its importance

For a while now, sweet potatoes have been reigning high in nutrients and a lower glycemic index, thus toppling the white potato. Due to this, they are more sought after and can be used in preparations equivalent to a white potato. Sweet potatoes are rich in nutrients like Vitamins A, C, B2, B6, D and E and Biotin. They are abundant in minerals like iron, folate, copper and manganese. They are also an excellent source of carotenoids like beta carotene.  The carotenoids protect the body from various kinds of cancer. According to a study done at Harvard University, studies done on more than 124000 individuals exhibited a 32 percent reduction in lung cancer risk when including carotenoid rich foods in their daily diet.

Due to its low glycemic index, which balances the blood sugar, it can control blood sugar levels in the body and is an excellent for diabetics. Here are a few health benefits of eating sweet potatoes.

1. Due to its low glycemic index, sweet potatoes are good for diabetics.

2. Due to its Vitamin B6 content, sweet potatoes help in reducing the chemical homocysteine. This leads to a reduction in the risk of a heart attack and therefore an effective heart healthy vegetable.

3. Vitamin C – The vitamin C content in sweet potatoes is effective in aiding digestion, blood cell formation and bone and teeth formation.

4. Iron – Along with Vitamin C, sweet potatoes contain iron which helps in boosting the red and white blood cell production as well as aiding the immune system.

5. Anti – ageing property – Due to its carotenoids and Vitamin C content, sweet potatoes are good for healthy eyes, boosting immune system and combating free radicals, thus preventing wrinkles for a while and reducing quick ageing.

6. Anti – Stress – sweet potatoes contain magnesium which is good for easing stress and is good for the heart, bones and nerves.

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