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My Mom used to force me to eat sweet potatoes when I was a kid.
I hated it.
Why? Because she never told me why I should eat it.
She told me what carrots can do — good eyesight.
Corn — energy. That’s why boxers eat them all the time.
But not sweet potatoes.
“Just eat them, son”, she said.
Well, they said Mothers know best. So below are the reasons why WE SHOULD EAT ALL OUR SWEET POTATOES.
- Its’s a great source of nutrients.
One baked sweet potato (3 1/2 ounce serving) provides over 8,800 IU of vitamin A or about twice the recommended daily allowance, yet it contains only 141 calories making it valuable for the weight watcher.
This nutritious vegetable provides 42% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin C, 6% of the RDA for calcium, 10% of the RDA for iron and 8% of the RDA for thiamine for healthy adults.
2. It’s very high in fiber.
Sweet potatoes have a very high fiber content that can also help prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, obesity colon cancer and heart disease.
3. It has a low G.I. rating.
G.I. stands for glycemic index. The glycemic index is a ranking of foods from 0 to 100 that tells us whether a food will raise blood sugar levels dramatically, moderately or just a little time. Sweet potato rates 54 on the glycemic index. This means it’s great for diabetics who want to control their blood sugar levels and healthy people because it reduces the secretion of insulin over the course of the day. It is also highly beneficial for athletes because it gives them a slow release of fuel for the exercising muscles extending endurance.
4. It’s very economical.
Sweet potatoes are very affordable and can be bought almost anywhere. Your local farmer’s market, the grocery… heck, even in some convenience stores!
It took me awhile (only around 15 years) to get back into the habit of having sweet potatoes and that was because I wanted to look good at the beach. And my sweet potato diet worked!
From then on, I’ve always included sweet potatoes in my diet. I’ve never looked back since.
Thanks to you, Mama.