healing power of the sweet potato: another good food that has
received a bad name, taking blame for weight gain. The sweet
potato is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. It can
help preserve your memory, control diabetes and reduce the risk
of heart disease and cancer.
Sweet potatoes are more than just
a filling food. Scarlet O'Hara had a 19-inch waist, which she
kept by eating the sweet potato her nanny prepared
for her before filling up on party fare. She could truthfully
say, "Why I can't eat a thing!"
sweet potato is a member of the morning
glory family and except in name only, is not related to
the white potato. It helps prevent cancer
disease. It is rich in complex carbohydrates and low in
calories - there are only 117 calories in a 4-oz. serving. Sweet
potatoes are used in controlling weight and conditions like
They are an easy way to get the heart healthy and to get cancer-
fighting benefits into your diet. This information comes from
the spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, Pamela
little known fact about beta-carotene and vitamins
C and vitamin
E is the protection they give the blood vessels and certain
parts of the eye. The sweet potato gives you half of your daily
value of vitamin C in only a 4-oz. serving.
The same serving
gives you 20 percent of the daily value of vitamin E. "That's
a very difficult nutrient to get from natural sources,"
says Paul Lachance, Ph. D., professor of nutrition at Rutgers
University, New Jersey.
sweet potatoes are such a good source of fiber, they're a good
food for people with diabetes. The fiber helps lower blood sugar
by slowing the rate at which food is converted into glucose
and absorbed into the bloodstream. Also, because they are such
complex carbohydrates, sweet potatoes can help control weight.
let's get to the mind. Sweet potatoes not only keep you healthy,
they have those good B vitamins, folate
B6, that give the brain a boost as we age. Jean Mayer, USDA
Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
in Boston, has been doing research on the value of the B vitamins.
The results are very promising.
buying sweet potatoes, look for the ones with the most orange
color. They have the most beta-carotene.
They have little fat, but they do require a little fat to get
the vitamins into your system. It is easy to get the required
five to seven grams from other foods in your meal. Knowing this
fact, I don't think I will worry about the pat of real butter
I will melt on my nutritious sweet potato.