Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

In some homes in the United States, sweet potatoes are only served at Thanksgiving, even though they are available year-round. Too bad. Sweet potatoes are one of the unsung heroes of a balanced diet. For a reasonable number of calories, you get a load of nutrients.

Sweet potatoes contain carotenoids that appear to help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, making cells more responsive to insulin. This can ultimately help with your metabolism.

Sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene.
Sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene.

Health Benefits
This starchy vegetable has bulk to keep your tummy full for hours. Yet its nutritional profile makes the calories worth it, especially since they are fat-free. Its fiber alone is enough to make a sweet potato worth eating.

If a beta-carotene contest were held, sweet potatoes would tie carrots for first place. That may make them top-notch for fighting chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease, as well as disease related to inflammation, such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Sweet potatoes are also rich in potassium and vitamin C; a small potato provides almost half the daily allowance.

Nutritional Values for Sweet Potato
Serving Size: 1 potato (3 oz), baked

Calories

90

Fat

0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Cholesterol

0 mg

Carbohydrate

21 g

Protein

2 g

Dietary Fiber

3 g

Sodium

36 mg

Vitamin A

19,218 IU

Folic Acid

6 micrograms

Pantothenic Acid

1 mg

Vitamin B6

<1 mg

Vitamin C

20 mg

Vitamin E

1 mg

Calcium

38 mg

Manganese

1 mg

Carotenoids

11,552 mcg

Potassium

475 mg

Magnesium

27 mg


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