Sweet potatoes are root vegetables that belong to the same family as white potatoes. The orange sweet potatoes tend to be most common variety.However, there are also white, yellow, pink ,red and purple sweet potatoes varieties; each of which provide their own unique nutritional values because they possess powerful polyphenols and antioxidants.
The amazing health benefits of sweet potatoes:-
Rich In Vitamins
Sweet potatoes have a high content of vitamin A and they also provide many other essential vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin E and several B vitamins.
Rich In Vital Minerals
Sweet potatoes usually provide various vital minerals such as manganese, potassium and copper. Sweet potatoes are also greatly rich in magnesium; which promotes good sleep.
Aids In Good Digestion
Sweet potatoes are good for gut health due to their rich source of soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber contained in sweet potatoes known as pectin normally aids in increasing a feeling of fullness; which enables one to consume less calories. It also bulks up the stool and promotes regular bowel movement.This makes sweet potatoes highly suitable for people who suffer from constipation. The insoluble fiber contained in sweet potatoes has prebiotics;which is normally the preferred source of energy for the healthy bacteria in your body's gut. The prebiotics assist in nourishing one's gut bacteria.
Good For Eye Health
Sweet potatoes particularly the orange varieties are highly rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A.Beta-carotene is a carotenoid that normally works in supporting good eye health by protecting the eye cells from free radical damage.A vitamin A and beta-carotene deficiency normally causes various forms of eye disorders such as macular degeneration.
Reduces The Risk Of Cancer
Studies have have found that diets that are high in antioxidants tend to reduce the risk of cancer . The orange, red and purple sweet potato varieties are particularly normally rich in antioxidants. Purple sweet potatoes have been found to contain anthocyanins; which usually inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells.
Good For Brain Health
The antioxidants contained in sweet potatoes prevent free radical damage and the inflammation that causes brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Good For Hair and Skin Health
Sweet potatoes contain essential vitamins and antioxidants such as vitamin A and vitamin E ;which support healthy hair and skin by increasing one's turnover of cells and nourishing the hair follicles.
Supports The Body's Immune System
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin C; which is an essential nutrient that aids in fighting infections in the body. Vitamin C works by accelerating the healing of wounds ,reducing oxidative damage and the absorption of iron; which is an essential nutrient for the body's tissues.
Helps In Weight Loss
Sweet potatoes are naturally healthy and they aid in weight loss. Sweet potatoes are very filling in nature and rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber that works in sustaining energy and a lasting sense of fullness. Sweet potatoes also contain a tiny amount of protein.
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