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Top 10 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Posted by Tony Leonardi on


I am a big fan of sweet potatoes (Lori, not so much), and I try to include them in as many meals as possible. From baked sweet potato with my grass fed steak, to fries, to an amazing dish called Piggy Hash that we get for breakfast at our favorite local butcher's kitchen.

Sweet potatoes are not only tasty (and sweet) but they are really good for you as well, which is why we include them in our bars, as one of the main ingredients!

Here is a great article that I found at HealthFitnessRevolution.com about the top 10 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes:

  • Highly nutritious: Sweet potatoes contain many vitamins and minerals including: vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins, fiber, potassium and iron.
  • Magnesium: Also known as the stress relief and relaxation mineral. Magnesium is a must for healthy arteries, blood, bone, muscle and nerve functions.
  • Great source of Potassium: Potassium is a very important vitamin because it not only aids in relaxing muscle contractions and helps prevent muscle cramps, but it also reduces swelling and help protects and regulate the activities of your kidneys. One medium sized Sweet Potato contains about 10% of your daily requirement of Potassium.
  • A great source of Vitamin C: Not only does Vitamin C help prevent illness, it also aids in bone and tooth formation. One serving (3.5 ounces) of a sweet potato contains about 47% of the daily recommended vitamin C.
  • Abundance of Vitamin A: One medium sized Sweet Potato contains 100% of the daily requirement of Vitamin A
  • Natural Inflammatory: Antioxidants, which also serve as natural inflammatories are abundant in Sweet Potatoes. They also contain a large amount of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are also known to be natural inflammatories.
  • Low Glycemic Index: The slow release of sugars helps the body maintain a healthy and balanced source of energy without blood sugar spikes that cause fatigue and weight gain.
  • Fat Free: Sweet potatoes contain absolutely no fats, but they will still make you feel full as they high a high amount of fiber!
  • Beta-Carotene: Sweet potatoes contain just as much Beta- Carotene as carrots do which makes them a great food for fighting off cancer cells and other chronic diseases.
  • They are versatile: You can basically cook them anyway you want! Roasted, baked, steamed, grill or even throw them in a soup or stew and you will have one delicious side!

To explore more, this article can be found at :

http://www.healthfitnessrevolution.com/top-10-health-benefits-sweet-potatoes/

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