Aren’t sweet potatoes beautiful? Aside from having that vibrant orange color and delicious taste, sweet potatoes are incredibly nutritious. These root vegetables are full of beta-carotene which has been shown to help prevent certain cancers and macular degeneration. They are also a great source of insoluble fiber when eat with the skin. Fiber is important for helping us maintain a healthy digestive system. About half of the fiber in sweet potatoes is soluble pectin fiber which may be be beneficial in controlling cholesterol. Sweet potatoes are great sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, copper, and vitamin B6. They are also a good source of heart-healthy potassium and energy-producing iron.
DID YOU KNOW:
- The healthiest way to cook a sweet potato is to steam it. Overcooking the potato will cause it to lose both it’s flavor and nutrients.
- Sweet potatoes are available throughout the year but their peak season is in November and December. This is when their nutrients and flavor are the best.