The health benefits that sweet potatoes offer

  • An excellent source of antioxidants
  • One of the top three sources of potassium
  • Their low glycemic index helps stabilize blood sugar
  • No fat or cholesterol
  • Rich in fiber

 

Nutrition facts:
Calories 85
Fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 20,2 g
Protein 1,6 g
Vitamin C 2,4 mg
Vitamin E 0,2 mg
Vitamin A 14,190 mg
Calcium 30 mg
Magnesium 25 mg
Iron 0,6 mg
Potassium 337 mg
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How to make sweet potatoes part of your diet:

  • Bring a baked sweet potato to work for your lunch break. They are delicious with vanilla yogurt or cinnamon applesauce.
  • Blend a few cubes into your favorite smoothie.
  • In nearly every recipe, sweet potatoes can be used as a substitute for normal potatoes or even apples.

Sweet potatoes — great for diabetics!

Don’t let the name mislead you: sweet potatoes can certainly be a good choice for people with diabetes, according to research conducted by Delia Hammock (M.S.). Those on a diabetes-compatible diet can enjoy the healthy benefits that sweet potatoes have to offer, such as fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and countless phytochemicals, several of which are antioxidants.

People with diabetes have to pay attention to the carbohydrates they consume, which should have a comparatively low glycemic index to keep their blood sugar and insulin levels stable. These kinds of foods are processed in the body more slowly than foods with a high glycemic index. Sweet potatoes cooked in their skins or eaten raw (such as in salads) have a low to moderate glycemic index. Cooked sweet potatoes without their skin have a GI of 63 to 66, placing them in the mid-range category, lower than other kinds of starches such as mashed potatoes or whole-wheat bread.

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