Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

The Sweet Truth: The Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

If you are looking for an alternative to rice or potatoes, your best bet would be sweet potatoes. This crop is rich in vitamins and minerals, not to mention its naturally endowed delicious taste. Whether it is boiled, mashed or served in any way you want it, the health benefits of sweet potatoes should not be taken for granted.

Although starchy, it is very low on calories and it is also an excellent source of proteins. You have to know that proteins found in plants are healthier than those found in meat. And although it is a good source of carbohydrates, it is low on sugar, that's why diabetics can safely eat sweet potatoes.

As mentioned earlier, this potato is a good substitute for rice, if you are looking for a good source of carbohydrates. It also contains several vitamins which is very helpful for the body, helping it to function at its fullest. Vitamins also help us prevent contracting diseases. Deficiency in specific vitamins can also cause diseases and health conditions which can be dangerous. Here are some of the vitamins found in sweet potatoes.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) - Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin B6, which is good for the nervous system and also helps the body to effectively absorb protein and carbohydrates. Pyridoxine also helps in the formation of antibodies, for better immunity. It also aids in balancing sodium and phosphorus amounts in the body.

Vitamin C - if you thought citrus fruits are the only good source of vitamin C, well, sweet potatoes will prove you wrong. They have a considerable amount of vitamin C. It can heighten defenses against diseases like colds, influenza and other respiratory ailments. Vitamin C also aids in clotting for faster healing of wounds. It also produces collagen which contributes to skin's elasticity, meaning your skin will not sag at a fast rate while you are aging.

There are more health benefits of sweet potatoes, including fast absorption of minerals to your body. How did that happen? It is because of Vitamin D which sweet potatoes also contain. Vitamin D helps your body to effectively absorb minerals to your body.

Speaking of minerals, the benefits also include considerable amounts of minerals like iron, magnesium and potassium.

Iron is good for the production of red blood cells, and when the body is insufficient in iron, we tend to get tired easily, and we tend to lose our focus. Magnesium on the other hand aids in cell repair and strengthens bones, teeth and muscles. Potassium plays a role in the function of the heart's muscles, as it does with the kidneys.

The health benefits of this vegetable are in a complete package, because you don't just acquire essential nutrients, but it also will be effectively absorbed in your body for use.

Well, if you think those health benefits are not enough, then maybe you can try adding some more ingredients to pair with sweet potatoes, like mashed with milk, or fried. Boiled sweet potatoes also taste excellent.

These health tips are brought to you from the folks over at You can check out their blog for more health related information and lifestyle tips.

Check out their blog here:

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes


Boiled Sweet Potatoes


Healthy Sweat Potato

Teenage rebellion is easier to tolerate in book or film form. Take a look back at some of the most well known and loved "coming of age" stories set in boarding schools.

By: Harvey McEwan l Arts & Entertainment l July 10, 2012 lViews: 445

An important thing you have to consider before working out is having a pair of great training shoes. You cannot immediately undergo any physical training wearing inappropriate footwear. If you do so,

By: Steve Hill l Recreation & Sports l July 10, 2012 lViews: 349

Granite is one natural stone that is used for several purposes from dimension stone to countertops to sculptures. The use of granite for building the temples and monuments was initiated millions

By: Steve L Patterson l Arts & Entertainment l July 10, 2012 lViews: 298

Up to 65,000 H-1B visas for new employment may be issued each fiscal year (FY) for professional workers, including medical providers. In general, a person who already has an H-1B and applies for

By: Ann Badmus l Arts & Entertainment l July 10, 2012 lViews: 309

Beside coin shooting, gold detecting or the many other things you can do with your metal detector. There is a large group of people who take their metal detector out looking for old stuff. Not just

By: Candy L Lindsey l Recreation & Sports l July 07, 2012 lViews: 293

Many people want to be writers and you may be one of them. In order to make your dream occupation a reality, you need to have a plan. You also need to work on this plan constantly. These tips from a

By: Harriet Hodgson l Writing & Speaking l July 06, 2012 lViews: 440

Let's face it. Organic food is the biggest trend to hit the food scene in a long time. And it is shaping up to change the way that we eat and the way we acquire our food forever. Not only does it

By: William M Charlesl Food and Drinkl July 06, 2012 lViews: 225

Summer time brings fresh ripe fruit at cheap seasonal prices. For the best quality frozen snacks, pick some of your favorites and freeze them with your vacuum food sealer for cool treats on those hot

By: Bob Nielsenl Food and Drinkl July 06, 2012 lViews: 199

The recent popularity of the sandwich in the last few years may be attributed to modern sandwich packaging. Modern packaging for sandwiches has made it possible for people to carry a sandwich as a

By: Tom Andrewl Food and Drinkl July 05, 2012 lViews: 205

Cooking a Thanksgiving dinner all by yourself can seem like a daunting task, but it does not have to be one! It can actually be done very easily if you are organized and plan your special menu. The

By: Christine Rankinl Food and Drinkl July 05, 2012 lViews: 205

There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing a new eating place. Who you will be accompanied by is of vital importance whether it be your partner, a new date, the kids and family

By: Henry Lordl Food and Drinkl July 05, 2012 lViews: 183

Making the decision to buy a fruit press can potentially be a very fun and worthwhile investment, especially if you have access to your own apples or indeed other fruit. It's a great way of using up

By: Matt D Lakel Food and Drinkl July 02, 2012 lViews: 152