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11 Reasons to Love Sweet Potatoes (Camotes)
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Chances are you?ve been enjoying sweet potatoes but haven?t given much thought to their nutritional and health-promoting qualities. Here are 11 reasons to love sweet potatoes:

1. Beta Carotene ? Their orange color is the giveaway that they are high in beta carotene, which is the precursor to vitamin A in the body and helps ensure a healthy immune system and great skin. A small amount of natural fat like extra virgin olive oil helps increase absorption of beta carotene.

2. Batatosides ? Recently researchers discovered a related group of nutrients in sweet potatoes called batatosides that have been found to have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

3. Cyanidins and Peonidins ? New research shows that cyanidins and peonidins found in sweet potatoes may be able to lower the potential health risk posed by heavy metals.

4. Antioxidants ? A particular type of protein found in sweet potatoes called sporamins are potent antioxidants that help reduce the effects of aging and disease.

5. Inflammation Reduction ? Compounds found in sweet potatoes reduce inflammation. In animal studies consuming sweet potatoes reduced inflammation in the brain and nerve tissue throughout the body.

6. Reduced Fibrinogen ? Sweet potatoes appear to reduce the amount of fibrinogen in the body, which means it may be helpful for diseases like multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.

7. Blood Sugar Levels ? Sweet potatoes regulate blood sugar levels even in diabetics, according to research.

8. Strong Immune System ? Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin C which helps maintain a strong immune system which is important for healthy bone and tooth formation, digestion and wound healing. Our stress glands, the adrenals, use high amounts of vitamin C when we are under stress.

9. Antibodies ? They are also high in vitamin B6 which helps build antibodies to fight disease, maintain normal nerve function and build hemoglobin ? the substance in the blood that carries oxygen to organs and tissues. It has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

10. Minerals ? High in minerals like potassium, iron and magnesium, sweet potatoes are nutritionally superior to white potatoes.

11. They taste great.

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How to Enjoy Sweet Potatoes

-Try them roasted, pureed, steamed, baked, or grilled.

-You can add them to soups and stews.

-Grill them and place on top of salad greens for a delicious and appetizing twist on salad.

-Grill with onions and red peppers and use as sandwich or wrap ingredients.

-Make baked sweet potato fries instead of French fries


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