It’s that time of the year when people are dreaming about splurging a little on their healthy diet. and indulging on that Thanksgiving feast. But instead of Instead of yams as a side dish for your traditional holiday celebration, think about replacing yams with sweet potatoes.
It’s Sweet Potato Awareness Month and we couldn’t be more excited since the orange root vegetable offers so many health benefits and is very versatile:
Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins:
- Vitamin B6 - helps reduce the chemical homocysteine, which has been linked with degenerative diseases, including heart attacks.
- Vitamin C - is helps ward off cold and flu viruses,plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation accelerates wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and is essential in coping with stress.
- Vitamin D - is critical for immune system health and plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and it supports the thyroid gland.
- Iron - is needed for adequate energy, helps in red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein.
- Magnesium - is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. It’s necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function.
- Potassium - is an important electrolytes that helps regulate heartbeat and nerve signals, and reduces muscle contractions, reducing swelling, and helps in controlling the activity of the kidneys.
In addition, sweet potatoes have natural sugars that are slowly released into the bloodstream to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.
Their rich orange color indicates means they are high in beta carotene, which helps strengthen eyesight and boost immunity to disease. They also contain powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging.
Best of all, sweet potatoes are very versatile in cooking. They taste great roasted, puréed, steamed, baked, or grilled. You can add them to soups and stews, and puree them for use in baked goods.