7 Benefits to Adding More Sweet Potatoes to Your Diet

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Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to white potatoes, which have been shown to spike your blood sugar levels and increase Body Mass Index more than their orange-colored alternative. Here are 10 simple ways you can benefit from sweet potatoes in your everyday diet.

  1. Rich in vitamin A – Vitamin A is essential for maintaining good vision as well as healthy skin, teeth and gums. Sweet potatoes contain more vitamin A than any other orange vegetable, making them a great source of this important nutrient.
  2. Rich in other vitamins and minerals – Sweet potatoes are rich in B-complex vitamins like riboflavin and niacin as well as vitamins C and E. They’re also good sources of potassium, iron and calcium.
  3. Rich in fiber – Fiber helps to fill you up so you don’t overeat. Women need 25 grams of fiber a day while men need 38 grams per day. Just one serving of sweet potatoes (about 5 ounces or half a medium sweet potato) can give you almost 15 percent of your daily fiber requirement.
  4. Low fat – One medium sweet potato contains just 35 calories. It’s also virtually fat free since it offers only trace amounts of fat.
  5. High in antioxidants – Sweet potatoes contain antioxidant compounds called anthocyanins which may help prevent cell damage that can lead to cancer and heart disease.
  6. High in Nutrients – Sweet potatoes are a healthy and tasty way to get your daily recommended dose of nutrients. One medium sized sweet potato contains 4 grams of dietary fiber, which is more than half of the daily recommended intake. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium.
  7. Anti-Inflammatory Properties – Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants like beta carotene which help reduce inflammation in the body. Just one serving of sweet potato gives you more antioxidant power than spinach or carrots!
Susan Kowal
Susan Kowal is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor/advisor, and health enthusiast.