Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Sweet Potato


I mentioned a few posts ago that one of my resolutions is to eat more whole foods.  Thus, I began making a list of foods that we are likely to eat more of which then led me to look into their health benefits.

First on the list is the sweet potato.  Here are some health benefits associated with this root vegetable:

*carotenes: gives sweet potatoes their orange color and  acts as an antioxidant in humans, actually boosting antioxidants

*good source of vitamins B2, B6, pantothenic acid (B5), C and A

*good source of fiber, manganese, copper and biotin

*unlike the regular potato, sweet potatoes are an approved food for diabetics since they have a lower GI.


So how to prepare the sweet potato for the dinner table?  Some people peel, boil and season as one would the regular potato.  I usually cut in half vertically and place in a shallow baking dish in the oven until the flesh is soft and mashable Then I add butter and sprinkle cinnamon. We eat them either as a baked potato or mashed potatoes. YUM!

www.allrecipes.com has a variety of recipes to suit your mood, from candied to casseroles to steak fries.  We’ll be trying a few!

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