Friday, August 10, 2012

Sweet Potato: Veggie #1 Ranking in Nutrition


Sweet potatoes are high in complex carbohydrates, beta carotene, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and dietary fiber.

Compared to other vegetables, the sweet potato ranks highest in nutrition; the high content of fiber and complex carbohydrates, vitamins A and C, calcium, protein, and iron rank it number one in nutrition with the white potato coming in second.

The different varieties of sweet potato have varying amounts of beta carotene; sweet potatoes that are dark orange have more than those with a lighter colored flesh. Because they are so rich in Vitamin A the cultivation of dark colored sweet potatoes is being encouraged in counties such as Africa where they lack sufficient amounts of Vitamin A and cause major health issues.

Studies have shown that sweet potatoes might be a very beneficial food for individuals whom are diagnosed with diabetes; in the animal studies preformed, sweet potatoes were shown to help stabilize the blood sugar levels and help to lower insulin resistance. Read the entire article.

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