Is Sweet Potato Good For You?
Sweet potatoes are great in everything from curries to pies, but how good are they for you? We’ve got the lowdown on whether sweet potatoes are healthy.
What are sweet potatoes?
Sweet potato is a root vegetable with a sweet taste and starchy texture. Sweet potatoes are not actually related to white potatoes, as they belong to different species. It is believed that the origin of sweet potatoes are in Central or South America, and have been domesticated for at least 5000 years.
Do sweet potatoes have nutritional value?
Sweet potatoes are rich in several key vitamins and minerals vital for a healthy body. These include:
- Rich in Vitamin Bs and Vitamin C
- High in fibre
- Good source of iron and calcium
- High in antioxidants, especially beta-carotene which helps develop vitamin A
Are sweet potatoes good for you?
Yes, sweet potatoes are a great food to include in your diet. One sweet potato counts for one of your five a day, unlike common potatoes. They promote good gut health and a healthy digestive system, and there have even been studies conducted to see if the vegetable can reduce the risk of cancer in people.
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by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at a last count) or playing tennis in the park.