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This Is Why You Should Eat Sweet Potato

We love sweet potatoes. We love to cook it. We love to use it in our daily meals. Why? Sweet potatoes have numerous health benefits, you may not be aware of how they can help you get in shape. This root is a high fiber food and therefore it can help prevent certain health conditions if you eat it frequently enough.

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Scientists have found that sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin A, and a single sweet potato can contain twice as much vitamin A as you should eat daily. They are rich in beta-carotene, which can be converted into vitamin A and supports the immune system and intestinal health. Adding some vegetables with a higher fat percent to the sweet potatoes meal can help your body absorb more of its beta-carotenes.

Since sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins and minerals, it makes sense that studies in developing countries have shown that they are affordable vegetables that can help combat nutrient deficiency. Improving access to sweet potatoes and breeding vitamin A-rich sweet potatoes is, therefore, an important step towards preventing vitamin deficiency and developing a healthy diet.

Sweet potatoes are extremely rich in vitamin C and have more fiber under the skin than oatmeal. The number of nutritious sweet potatoes speaks for itself, with a recommended daily intake of 1.5 grams of vitamin C per pound of sweet potatoes. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it contains 52% of the daily value.

Fun Fact
Eating sweet potato skins is also nutritious and can provide you with nutrients such as fiber, iron and potassium. Some sweet potatoes have a hard skin that is too hard to eat, but if cooked without the skin, it can absorb vitamin A. This preparation also prevents the loss of nutrients such as vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Simple ways to incorporate sweet potatoes healthily into your daily meals could be to bake them or use them like mashed potatoes. When you make the mashed potatoes you can easily blend them with regular potatoes.

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