With its creamy texture, a sweet-spicy flavor, and abundance of beneficial vitamins and nutrients, sweet potato is something that you need to immediately include in your diet! Even though sweet potatoes are incredibly healthy for your health, unfortunately, they are an often-over-looked vegetable. However, after you find out all of their benefits, I’m sure that they will become a part of your diet routine. What is more, they are inexpensive and always available!
Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin B6 that helps to reduce the levels of homocysteine, a chemical which has been linked to heart attacks and many degenerative diseases. They are also packed with vitamins C and D both necessary for bone growth, digestion, and blood cell formation. Vitamin C has the ability to boost your immune system. It is considered as an excellent antioxidant that reduces damages done by free radicals
Moreover, sweet potatoes contain iron, potassium, beta-carotene, and magnesium which will boost your immune system and will reduce stress. Magnesium helps promote heart health and white and red blood cell production. The beta-carotene contained in sweet potatoes can be converted into vitamin A by your body when needed. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant, essential for your immune system and eyesight. By eating sweet potatoes, you will supply your body with beneficial nutrients and vitamins that will also control your blood sugar.
Buying and storing sweet potatoes
There are a few precautions, when you go to the store to buy sweet potatoes. Always check the sweet potatoes before buying. Make sure that they are firm, without any bruises, cracks, holes (think worms) or soft spots. You should also avoid sweet potatoes stored in refrigerated aisles, as the colder temperature can affect the taste.
When you get your sweet potatoes home, you should store them in a cool dark place, but not in the fridge. They should remain fresh for up to ten days.
Always use only organic sweet potatoes!
Sweet Potato Juice Ingredients:
– 1-2 raw sweet potato
– 2 carrots
– 1 jicama
– 4-6 ribs of celery
– A pinch of cinnamon
Run all of the above ingredients through a juicer and your juice is ready! Enjoy!