The sweet potato is a tuber that provides the body with a high energy content, due to its abundance of carbohydrates and fibre, B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C and minerals such as potassium and magnesium – which combat the onset of heart disease or diabetes, among others, explains an article published by the Tua Saúde portal.
In addition, this superfood is low in fat and extremely rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene and anthocyanins, which help protect cells in the body against the effects of free radicals, thus preventing premature aging of cells.
However, sweet potatoes can have a white, cream, orange or purple hue. Purple has a higher amount of anthocyanins and orange has a higher content of beta-carotene, for example.
The delicious and nutritious tuber can be eaten boiled or roasted, it can be used as a base for mousses or as flour for bread, cakes and cookies.
Here are, according to the Tua Saúde portal, the main health benefits of sweet potatoes:
Prevents premature aging
Sweet potatoes, especially oranges, contain excellent amounts of beta-carotenes, which are converted in the body into vitamin A.
In addition, because it is a vegetable rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects the body’s cells against inflammation and free radicals. Thus, the food makes the skin firmer and reduces wrinkles.
The tuber is rich in fiber, which gives it a low glycemic index. That is, this variety of potato helps reduce the speed of sugar absorption after meals, thus avoiding spikes in blood glucose. This property of sweet potato is essential to prevent diabetes.
helps to lose weight
Sweet potato helps in weight loss because it is a fiber-rich food that prolongs digestion time and the permanence of food in the stomach, thus increasing the feeling of satiety and the desire to eat in excess.
Prevents the development of heart disease
Rich in anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that improves the function of veins and reduces the formation of fatty plaques in the arteries, sweet potatoes help reduce levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in the blood, preventing diseases such as heart attacks, strokes and atherosclerosis.