Did you know that sweet potatoes are also good sources of fiber, beta carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C, and vitamin B6?
Studies have shown that sweet potatoes can help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance despite the fact that sweet potatoes are primarily carbohydrate. They are also high in fiber and have a lower glycemic index rating (50).
Sweet potatoes are good for preventing heart disease. High in potassium, sweet potatoes can help prevent the onset of heart attack and stroke. Potassium also helps to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body, which is important for stabilizing blood pressure and regulating heart function.
Sweet potatoes ranked number one in nutrition out of all vegetables by the Center for Science in the Public Interest because they are such a rich source of dietary fiber, natural sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein, carotenoids, vitamin C, iron and calcium.
One potato provides about 100 calories, 2 grams of protein, 22 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber, and 0 grams of fat. Also notable: one sweet potato provides 260% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A, 12.5% of vitamin B6, and 28% of vitamin C.
Before you decide to ‘trash’ sweet potatoes, why not try some sweet potato fries?
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