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Sweet potatoes: Delicious picks fit for body

The list of healthiest vegetables won’t be complete without this nutritional powerhouse.

Deepa Gupta |

You’ll get the most out of this veggie’s nutrients and antioxidants by eating it boiled or baked. Try combining spices and lemon juice for taste bud-friendly chip dips. This is one of the healthiest snack vegetables in your supermarket in winter season.

Sweet potatoes pack more than just flavours. They are chockfull of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron and fibre. When it comes to rapid weight-loss, this veggie reign supreme while others fall fairly fat in comparison. It’s true! Thanks to its specific nutritional profiles that can help you trim down by reviving your metabolism, turning off belly fat genes and frying flab – and that’s on top of all other health-boosting benefits.

 Other health doles:

  • Loaded with vitamin B6, sweet potatoes help in reducing the chemical homocysteine in our bodies that has been linked with degenerative diseases, including heart attacks.
  • They are good source of vitamin D that helps in building healthy bones, boosting energy levels and moods, supporting thyroid glands and building healthy nerves, skin and teeth.
  • Iron is an important mineral required by your body. It helps in production of white and red blood cell, resistance to stress, proper immune functioning and metabolizing protein. Sweet potatoes contain iron in good quantity and help in supporting a healthy immune system.
  • Being rich in vitamin C, it is important to help ward off cold and flu issues. This crucial vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion and blood cell formation. It accelerates wound healing and produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity. This vitamin is good to cope with stress. It helps fight toxins that may be linked to cancer.
  • Sweet potatoes are good source of relaxation and anti-stress mineral ‘magnesium’. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, heart, bone, muscle and nerve function.
  • This veggie is a rich source of potassium. Potassium is one of the important electrolytes that helps regulate heart beat and nerve signals. It helps in relaxing muscle contractions reducing swelling and protecting the activity of kidneys.
  • The natural sugar in sweet potatoes is slowly released into the blood stream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight-gain.
  • Sweet potatoes protect against the effects of aging. High in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids, they help strengthen your eyesight and boost your immunity. They have powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer as well.

Don’t miss this winter vegetable, your body wishes it could tell you. Sweet potato does not aim to make you jealous with its super human skills, it wants you to use it your advantage so you can reach your better health goals.

Discover delicious ways to incorporate sweet potatoes into your winter diet. Serve in stews, curries, as a pie topping or mashed or cut into wedges as a side.