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Sweet Potatoes For Weight Loss

Can Sweet Potatoes Help You Lose Weight?

If your exposure to sweet potatoes is limited to the Thanksgiving table or your favorite diner's healthier french fry option, now's the time to open your eyes to the weight-loss wonders of the tuber. Here are three reasons sweet potatoes help you drop pounds.

They're naturally sweet: No refined sugar overload here — sweet potatoes make for a healthy, lower-calorie treat. Satisfy any morning sweet/salty cravings with these sweet potato apple pancakes, and get your healthy dessert fill with these sweet potato desserts.

They regulate blood sugar: Sweet potatoes may have their fair share of carbs (about 33 grams per cup), but they contain a compound that increases levels of adiponectin, the blood-sugar regulating hormone, in the body. Sweet potatoes have a relatively low glycemic index rating (50), which can also help prevent blood sugar spikes after you eat. Regulated blood sugar levels can help get rid of those sugary cravings you get when your levels dip. And while studies have been conflicting, some research has shown that low-glycemic foods stay in your digestive tract longer, helping you control your appetite. To maintain sweet potatoes' low-glycemic properties, boil or steam them instead of roasting them (which destroys some of these properties).


They contain fiber: High-fiber foods are another foolproof way to control hunger. Fiber helps you feel fuller for longer, and one medium sweet potato (about one cup) contains four grams of the nutrient.

Sweet potatoes don't just help you trim your waistline, however. They're powerful sources of vitamin A, which helps boost immunity and promotes good eye, skin, and bone health, as well as high levels of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Regardless of whether you're trying to lose weight or not, sweet potatoes' seemingly superfood status isn't a license to order all the sweet potato fries you want — a 2011 study found that those deep-fried sweet potato fries may not be as healthy as you think!

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Rosannasfriend Rosannasfriend 2 years

a lot of people ignore when they're full and keep eating anyway, that could be the issue for you. If you're an emotional eater, or eat more for "taste" than for "hunger", you're likely to ignore how full you actually are. Its a matter of finding your discipline.

karenfarber2710 karenfarber2710 2 years

Did not know this about sweet potatoes! Thanks for informing me :)

Jade14917456 Jade14917456 3 years
Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) come in two main varieties here in the States. One has a golden skin with creamy white flesh and a crumbly texture. The other has a copper skin with an orange flesh that is sweet and soft. All sweet potato varieties generally have the same shape and size -- they are tapered at the ends and much smaller than the aforementioned yams. Yams (family Dioscoreaceae) are native to Africa and Asia and other tropical regions. Yams are starchy tubers that have an almost black bark-like skin and white, purple or reddish flesh and come in many varieties. The tubers can be as small as regular potatoes or grow upwards of five feet long.
Cat3558573 Cat3558573 3 years
I've never seen a white or beige sweet potato....
Gillian14405486 Gillian14405486 3 years
UK sweet potatoes are exactly as illustrated in the photograph. I've never seen a white sweet potato. Perhaps you get varieties similar to white potatoes?
Melissa14916301 Melissa14916301 3 years
The potato pictured is actually a yam not a sweet potato. A yam is orange while a sweet potato is a beige color. So I am assuming you mean yams not sweet potatoes that are the vegetables to eat for weight loss.
Whitney-English Whitney-English 3 years
I LIVE off of sweet potatoes! Check out my 5 minute recipe for a "Baked" Sweet Potato you can even make at work:
Shelly14752739 Shelly14752739 3 years
So I have to ask, is this true of sweet potatoes or Yams? Because the picture is showing a Yam which is orange inside. Sweet potatoes are white inside. Or is the article true for both sweet potatoes and Yams. Thank you for your help. Love the recipes.
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