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Sweet Potatoes: Not Just For Thanksgiving

I think sweet potatoes have gotten a bad rap because of their high carb content. They shouldn't be overlooked because they are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. Not only that, they are a great option if you're craving something sweet.

Want to know why they're so good for you?

  • They're bursting with healing antioxidants due to their high levels of vitamins A and C. Antioxidants work in your body to help eliminate free radicals which are the chemicals that damage cells and are associated with the development of conditions like colon cancer. These vitamins are also anti-inflammatory, so they can help reduce the severity of certain conditions like asthma and arthritis.
  • They're low in calories and have no fat.
  • They are labeled as a low-glycemic index food, by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, and have proven benefits for health.
  • They are also high in vitamin B6, manganese, copper, potassium, and iron.
  • Eating sweet potatoes with their high vitamin A content may help save your life if you or someone you love is a smoker. A common carcinogen in second-hand smoke known as benzopyrene induces vitamin A deficiency. If you aren't getting enough of this vitamin, you could increase your chances of developing emphysema. A diet rich in vitamin A can help prevent it.

Fit's Tips: When you go to a restaurant, choosing sweet potato fries is a healthier choice than regular French fries, but they're still deep-fried. To get your fill of the nutritious goodness in sweet potatoes, bake them whole (don't cut or poke them) in the oven at 400 for 40 minutes to an hour. If you love the fry idea, but don't want all the fat, just cut them up (leave the skins on), drizzle a little olive oil over them, and bake in a pan. Mmmmmm.

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SU3 SU3 9 years
I do the same thing BeeMoney - they absolutely are DELICIOUS when made that way :)
the-clam the-clam 9 years
If you don't have 40 minutes, you can also steam them in the microwave for a fast side dish. Cut them into 1 inch cubes and put them in a bowl with a little water. Microwave for about 3 minutes and they're soft enough to eat. Add butter or salt if you like, I think they're sweet enough to eat plain.
CAcyclegirl CAcyclegirl 9 years
They have pre-cut sweet potato fries at Trader Joes - so easy to bake and sooo tasty!
JKe895 JKe895 9 years
These are so yummy but it's hard not to make them into a dessert.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
BeeMoney that sounds good! I think I'm going to try that out. Every Thanksgiving, my mom makes sweet potato souffle, it is soooo good. She puts a ton of sugar and butter in it though, but it's just once a year that she makes it, so it's ok. And she put pecans on top, yummmm!!!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
BeeMoney that sounds good! I think I'm going to try that out. Every Thanksgiving, my mom makes sweet potato souffle, it is soooo good. She puts a ton of sugar and butter in it though, but it's just once a year that she makes it, so it's ok. And she put pecans on top, yummmm!!!
BeeMoney BeeMoney 9 years
We eat alot of sweet potatoes too. It is something that looks decent all year long. My husband loves it when I slice them up and boil them and then mash them with a little splenda, cinnamon, spray butter, and salt. They are really delicious like that!
mangopassion mangopassion 9 years
I absolutely LOVE sweet potatoes! Most of the time I bake them in the oven with the skin removed, put them in my lunch the next day and once I warm them up, ta-da! Mashed sweet potato. I also like to make baked sweet potato fries, yum!
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