Friday, January 11, 2019

Food Fact Friday: Sweet Potatoes!

I love sweet potatoes – not just because they taste delicious, but also because they have so many nutritional benefits! They have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and blood-sugar balancing properties. 

The largest antioxidant property in these root vegetables is Vitamin A – or beta-carotene (but it’s also high in vitamin C as well)! Additionally, sweet potatoes are good sources of the mineral manganese, as well as some B vitamins like pantothenic acid (B5) and pyridoxine (B6).  

My favorite way to eat them is definitely roasted with a little bit of coconut oil or EVOO and S&P. Eating them with a source of fat is recommended, because it helps the fat-soluble nutrients get absorbed into your body.

Photo Credit: Ula Nice (Flickr)
Did you know? Sweet potatoes aren’t actually POTATOES? And they sure aren’t YAM’s either! Do you know the difference? Yam's have a darker, rougher skin and can get quite large. Sweet potatoes tend to have lighter skin, and are tapered at the ends. Watch this short video: 

Did you know? Sweet potatoes aren't always orange! Anthocyanins give some of them a beautiful purple color!

What's YOUR favorite way to eat these veggies? 

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