I am sure you want to conquer your food struggles and get healthy in 2017. If so do not miss out on our vegetable of the month, “SWEET POTATOES”.
Sweet Potatoes are tuberous roots that are vegetables. It is large in size. When cooked it is starchy and sweet tasting. It’s tender shoots, that is, the young leaves can be eaten as greens. (Wikipedia) Sweet Potatoes is a world wide staple. They come in various colours; orange, purple, cream like or white and yellow.
They can be eaten in various forms, they are satisfying and rich in nutrition. They do not take long to prepare. You can easily boil, steam, roast and serve them in combination with other green vegetables.
It is ranked highest in nutritional value among several other foods by the US Centre for Science in Public Interest.
The following Vitamins are contained in Sweet Potatoes:
Vitamin A – carotenoids like beta-carotene is useful for eye health and also wards off lung and breast cancer.
Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6.
These B vitamins are part of 8 vitamins called the B-Complex. Outside of helping the body convert food to energy they also help the body metabolise fat and protein, may also provide protection for certain skin cancers, support adrenal function, help calm and maintain healthy nervous system.
Also contains Vitamin C which protect the body against immune system deficiency. It may also be as helpful to your heart as walking. This C vitamin helps production of collagen which maintains skin’s youthful elasticity.
Vitamin K which helps the blood clot, to prevent excessive bleeding is contained in Sweet Potatoes. Also help wounds heal fast.
Vitamin D contained in Sweet Potatoes helps maintain energy levels, mood, build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin and teeth health.
Sweet Potatoes contains the following minerals.
Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium.