Updated: May 30, 2018
The Sweet potato is often hailed as a super-food – and from the amount we use in our dishes, you can tell that we definitely agree! So why is this bad boy so damn good for you?
1. They are a good source of vitamin C
While most people know that vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses, few people are aware that this crucial vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and is essential to helping us cope with stress. It even appears to help protect our body against toxins that may be linked to cancer.
2. Helps Prevent Vitamin A Deficiency
We use sweet potatoes that are orange in colour (it’s the beta-carotene that gives sweet potatoes their rich, orange/golden hue) as they have a greater ability to increase blood vitamin A levels compared to other food sources. Your body then converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A which is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly.
3.They are high in vitamin B6.
Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including heart attacks.
4. Rich in fibre
Sweet potatoes are also packed with fibre, so not only are they delicious, they are super satisfying too. If you’ve been thinking that carbs make you fat, think again, because sweet potatoes may help you reach your fat loss and muscle gain goals.
5. Sweet potatoes do not cause blood sugar spikes.
Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting, but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.
6. They are a source of potassium.
Potassium is one of the important electrolytes that help regulate heartbeat and nerve signals. Like other electrolytes, potassium performs many essential functions, some of which include relaxing muscle contractions, reducing swelling, and protecting and controlling the activity of the kidneys.