Delectable, simply accessible and cost-effective, sweet potatoes are one of those foods that haven’t engaged our attention, yet bring us remarkable health benefits. This starchy root vegetable is rather distantly related to the potato and has the same descent with root tubers such as beets, carrots, turnip, etc.

It is named sweet potato because when it is committed to the flames, the starch content is split into a natural sugar called ‘maltose’.Sweet potato has been connected to high life expectancy in Japan, owing to this superfood, which is well-known there. Sweet potato is a variety of high-fiber foods, and a perfect source of complex carbs, which provides the body with energy to function.

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The orange color from beta carotene is an antioxidant that will transform into vitamin A. This is not only good for eye health, but it also helpful for skin health and has anti-aging benefits.

The vitamin C content of sweet potatoes is quite high, with just a cup giving you half your daily needs! This enhances your health and the body’s immunity. Manganese, potassium and B vitamins are other nutrients that the sweet potato abundantly contains.

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Contrary to conventional belief, sweet potatoes don’t lead to blood sugar spikes – regardless of the starch or maltose. Thanks to the high content of fiber, it burns quite slowly, which supports blood sugar regulation, restraining type 2 diabetes. It also plays an important role in sustaining optimum blood pressure and improving heart health.

You can bake, saute or stir-fry sweet potatoes and then have them for dinner. Not only that, you can even use them in soups. In case you’re craving French fries, replace potatoes with sweet potatoes to make them fairly healthier. You can also combine it with a classic pie or a pudding.