Sweet Potatoes are native to Central America and are one of the oldest vegetables known to man. They come in a variety of colors that may range from white to yellow to orange or even purple. Although they are available throughout the year, their peak season is in November and December. These are the months where their concentration of nutrients and flavor are the highest and their cost is the lowest.
The health benefits of Sweet Potatoes:
They promote healthy blood sugar balance. They also have recently been classified as an “anti-diabetic” food. In several studies, Sweet Potatoes stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. This is most likely due to the dietary fibers. One sweet potato contains on average about 3 gm or about 12% of the daily value.
Sweet Potatoes are a rich source of antioxidants. They are an excellent source of carotenoids or the plant's fat-soluble pigments that give the plant it’s bright color, including beta-carotene, or the vitamin A complex as well as the rest of the 600 carotenoids identified. They are also a good source of both copper and manganese as well as the full vitamin C complex. Sweet Potatoes are also a good concentrated source of many other nutrients providing health-promoting benefits. These nutrients include energy-producing iron, heart healthy vitamin B6, potassium, and digestive health-promoting fibers.