Sweet potatoes? Yes, please!!
Monday, Dec 6, 2010
Sweet potatoes are a traditional fall food and a favorite for Thanksgiving dinner, but we should seriously consider them for a year-round, regular part of our diet, given their nutritional density, easy preparation, and low cost.
One cup of sweet potatoes has only 180 calories and is loaded with 7 grams of fiber. Increasing dietary fiber is a key step in a heart-healthy diet and it keeps you feeling full throughout the day.
Like most deeply colored foods, sweet potatoes are a great source of many vitamins, antioxidants, and other valuable nutrients. They are especially loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, and lutein.
Sweet potatoes are naturally fat-free and low calorie, so keep your toppings healthy. Limit toppings such as butter, sugar, and, sorry, marshmallows, and stick to nutritious add-ons like spices, olive oil, and nuts.
Are you eating a "yam" or a "sweet potato?" Whatever they are called in the grocery store, they are botanically sweet potatoes. The true yam is commonly eaten in Africa, but is rarely sold in American markets.
So, check out the many sweet potato recipes, try them all, and enjoy one of the most nutritious and tasty root vegetables year round.