Sweet potatoes are popular eats around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
It feels like something is missing if there is no sweet potato pie, sweet potato souffle, and candied yams (not the same as sweet potato) for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
Did you know that the sweet potato is one of the healthiest true roots that you can eat?
Eat sweet potatoes year round, not just on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day because they are nutritious and have health benefits that you do not want to miss.
History of the Sweet Potato
The sweet potato has been one of the most popular foods of tropical and subtropical countries for centuries. They are native to Central America and is one of the oldest vegetables known. There is evidence from relics that date back 10,000 years, that they were consumed since prehistoric times.
Columbus and his men were fed boiled roots by the natives of the West Indies. This new food was carried back to Spain, and from there was introduced to European countries. De Soto found sweet potatoes growing in the gardens of the Indians who lived in the territory that is now called Louisana.
During the Civil War, troops short of food found they could live indefinitely on sweet potatoes alone. The Japanese in Okinawa could have not held out as long as they did if they had not been able to raid sweet potato patches at night.
Do Not Skip Eating Sweet Potatoes
Many people skip eating sweet potatoes or any potato for that matter, because they think the potato will make them fat. Potatoes do not make you fat; it is the preparation of those potatoes that makes the difference.
Do not eat your potatoes fried and do not load the potato with tons of butter, sugar and sour cream. It is what you add to the potato that makes you fat and not the potato itself.
The sweet potato is one of the healthiest potatoes that you can eat. They offer many health benefits that you do not want to miss. They not only offer health benefits, but they are also one of the most budget friendly vegetables that you can buy.
Here four reasons why should you should eat sweet potatoes all year round:
1. Sweet potatoes have antioxidant nutrients. Antioxidant nutrients help prevent or slow the oxidative damage to the cells in your body. These antioxidants enhance the immune system which help lower your risk of cancer and infection.
2. Sweet potatoes have anti-inflammatory nutrients. Anti-inflammatory nutrients help prevent inflammatory health problems. Health problems associated with inflammation are arthritis, gout, autoimmune disease, and more.
3. Sweet potatoes have blood sugar benefits. Helps improve blood sugar regulation. The high soluble fiber content helps aid in lowering and regulating the blood sugar. If you are diabetic, the sweet potato is the best potato you can eat.
4. Sweet potatoes are good for the digestive tract. A good source of soluble dietary fiber which aids in helping move waste out of the system. Good for the eliminative system.
Sweet Potato Nutrient Information
Sweet potato, raw, uprepared, 100.0 g
Source: (USDA National Nutrient data base)
- Water, 77.28 g
- Energy, 86 kcal
- Protein, 1.57 g
- Total Lipid (fat), 0.05 g
- Carbohydrate (by difference), 20.12 g
- Fiber (total dietary), 3.0 g
- Sugars (total), 4.18 g
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid||2.4 mg|
|Vitamin B-6||0.209 mg|
|Folate||11 ug (micro-grams)|
|Vitamin AVitamin A (RAE)||14187 IU709 ug|
|Vitamin E||0.26 mg|
|Vitamin K||1.8 ug|
|Fatty acids, total saturated||0.018 g|
|Fatty acids, total monosaturated||0.001 g|
|Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated||0.014|
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