Why We Love The Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
The holidays are a natural time to discover sweet potatoes, but this root vegetable has benefits that carry on year round. Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, offering a number of health benefits. The easy-to-cook vegetable is also versatile, adding flavor to a number of recipes.
Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes
- Fight cancer risk: Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, which may provide potential protection from lung cancer, according to a study in Asia.
- Boost eye health: Move over carrots. Purple sweet potatoes have been found to benefit eye health thanks to anthocyanins, a group of antioxidants in the vegetable.
- Improve blood sugar regulation: Researchers have found that a moderate consumption of sweet potatoes may improve blood sugar regulation, a benefit to those with type 2 diabetes.
- Aid digestion: The fiber packed into a sweet potato supports your body’s natural cleansing process.
Unlike white potatoes, sweet potatoes are included in the recommended servings of vegetables from the USDA.
Ways To Cook Sweet Potatoes
While boiling a sweet potato does appears to help it keep higher beta-carotene levels compared to baking, the benefits are still plentiful. Here are some of our favorite ways to prepare a sweet potato:
- Classic: Boiling a sweet potato and adding raw honey and cinnamon is a classic way to bring out the sweet flavor in the vegetable.
- Sweet potato fries: Slice the potatoes with a fry cutter and coat in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Sprinkle seasoning and paprika and stir. Lay the potatoes flat on a baking sheet and cook on 450 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Roast: Thinly slice sweet potatoes and mix together with your other favorite vegetables. Coat in EVOO and roast for 20 minutes, then flip veggies and roast for another 20 minutes.
- Smoothie: Add a couple of chunks to your morning smoothie for added fiber and sweetness.
- Mashed: Cube 2 or 3 sweet potatoes and boil until tender. Mash the potatoes, adding in your favorite seasoning. (Top with pecans for added flavor and texture)
Sweet potatoes are a starchy, root vegetable that offer great flavor and tons of nutrients. Don’t wait until the holidays to give this veggie a try.