foods/herbs/spices

10/16/17 — sweet potatoes

Weight Loss:

Sweet Potatoes

 

Fun Fact:  Sweet potatoes are very different from yams.  Yams grow much bigger.

Fun Fact II:  A cup of sweet potatoes provides as much beta-carotene as 23 cups of broccoli (30 mg).

 

Contains:

  • vitamin A
    • aids healthy vision
    • aids immunity
    • aids healthy cell growth
    • promotes skin health
    • promotes soft tissue health
  • vitamin C
    • keeps connective tissues strong
    • repairs wounds
    • keeps skin strong
    • keeps hair strong
    • promotes collagen production
    • antioxidant protects tissue from damage/repairs damage
  • calcium
  • iron
  • potassium
    • energy production
    • muscle contraction
  • copper
    • synthesis of collagen
    • synthesis of hemoglobin
    • synthesis of melanin
  • manganese
  • beta-carotene
  • fiber
  • resistant starch
  • vitamin B6
    • metabolizes food
    • keeps cells in good condition
  • thiamine
    • metabolizes food
    • keeps cells in good condition
  • pantothenic acid
    • metabolizes food
    • keeps cells in good condition

 

Benefits:

  • insulin resistance (white-skinned sweet potatoes)
  • decreases risk of heart disease
  • fights cataracts
  • prevents cancer
  • weight loss (fiber absorbs water and makes you feel full)

 

Hot Tips:

  • Cook sweet potatoes with their skins on to keep the most nutrition from the sweet potatoes.
  • After baking, you can remove sweet potato skins easily.
  • The skins provide many nutrients.  Save the skins.
  • Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and coconut oil to sweet potatoes.  Mash up the mixture for a treat!
  • Make sweet potato fries, and add rosemary.
  • Buy organic.
  • The darker the sweet potato, the more carotene it provides.

 

Tomorrow:

Fight nausea with yams!

 

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