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Why you should eat more sweet potatoes

July 1st, 2013 | no comments

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Sweet potatoes aren’t just for Thanksgiving you know! In fact, I’m going to suggest you make them a weekly staple in your diet. They are some of the most nutritious vegetables around and have been consumed since prehistoric times! Here are three reasons why you need to be eating MORE sweet potatoes:

1.  Low In Calories

A medium sweet potato (5″ long x 2″ in diameter) with the skin on has only 100 calories, a perfect fit if you’re watching your waistline. And because they are nutrient-dense calories, you will feel much more satisfied than if you were to eat 100 calories worth of a nutrient poor food like potato chips.

2.  High In Nutrients

That same medium sweet potato with skin offers up 438% of the Daily Value for vitamin A in the form of beta carotene—that’s over four day’s worth! Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that plays a vital role in vision, bone development and immune function. Because it’s a fat-soluble vitamin, you will need to prepare your sweet potatoes with a bit of fat to maximize absorption. Try a teaspoon of butter or olive oil!

3.  Helps Control Blood Sugar and Cholesterol

Two out of the four grams of fiber in a serving of sweet potatoes are soluble, which plays a role in eliminating excess cholesterol from your body while balancing blood sugar at the same time. Sweet!

In a rush? Try Green Giant Steamable Petite Sweet Potatoes! A super fast way to prepare these nutrition powerhouses. Just pop the bag in the microwave for 8 minutes and enjoy! Look for them in the produce department at your local grocery store.

Sweet potato recipes worth trying:

Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes

Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions

Butter-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato-Pecan Pancakes

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