Anyone who is health-conscious enough will know the benefits of potatoes, but did you know that sweet potatoes in particular are one of the best and top of all the super-foods?
Sweet potatoes are rich with nutrients which can help to reduce your blood pressure, prevent diabetes and even reduce your risk of certain cancers.
Sugar – Compared to other regular potatoes, it has higher amount of natural sugars which means you can reduce your sugar intake from other sources.
Calories – Sweet potatoes have very low calorie count.
Vitamin A – If you take a average sized sweet potato, you will have received more than 400% of Vitamin A that your body needs.
So how much should you take?
An average-sized sweet potato should be about 2 inches in size and about 5 to 6 inches long. If you are taking something about that size, your body gets roughly 150 calories and ZERO fat. There are about 5 gms of fiber and some 13gms of sugar. Besides that, 37gms of carbohydrate and 3.5gms of protein will be enough for your body to perform optimally.
In terms of vitamins, the numbers are even more impressive. From the total, you will get 37% of Vitamin C, 10% of pantothenic acid, 15% of potassium and 28% of manganese.
And if that is no enough, you will get calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, riboflavin and beta-carotene, just to name a few. The trick is to take sweet potatoes with the skin on without peeling because it is from the skin that the rich contents of fiber, potassium and quercetin are found.