Sweet Potatoes are indeed a sweet addition to your daily or weekly diet. With a vast array of fantastic nutritional benefits to offer, it’s time to consider adding a sweet potato to your juicing regime. Then sit back and count the ways a sweet potato is sweet on your body and your health!
Nutritional Benefits of Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are kicking it when it comes to this antioxidant superpower. A medium size sweet potato has over 262% of the daily value of Vitamin A. And it weighs in at just under 100 calories.
Sweet potatoes are a great source for bioavailable beta-carotene. The beta-carotene readily usable from a sweet potato stands out over all green leafy vegetables.
In short, a sweet potato is a great way to supercharge your antioxidants and free-radical fighting power.
The sweet potato’s anti-inflammatory properties is a claim to its fame, along with other color-related veggies. Sweet potato consumption is linked to a reduction in inflammation in both brain and nerve tissue.
Blood Sugar Maintenance
Sweet potatoes are a diabetic’s and dieter’s dream food. These happy orange tubers actually improve blood sugar regulation. A sweet potato is a far better choice nutritionally than a regular white potato. With 3 grams of dietary fiber per medium potato and a reasonably glycemic index of 50, sweet potatoes keep your blood sugar on an even keel.
Sweet potatoes are part of a different family than the common white potato. As such, it offers exceptionally different nutritional benefits. Be sure to add this power veggie to your weekly diet. Don’t just save it for Thanksgiving Day.
- 2 carrots
- 1 sweet potato
- 2 apples
- Thin slice of a sweet onion
- Pinch of dulse/kelp powder
Cut all the veggies into juice shoot size pieces and juice. Add the dulse/kelp powder as desired.
About the Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are one of the oldest veggies known to humankind. A Central American native, sweet potato “relics” have been found in Peruvian Caves and date back 10,000 years.
In addition to America, Christopher Columbus also discovered the sweet potato back in 1492. He returned to Spain with the vegetable. The sweet potato expansion is a result of both Spanish and Portuguese explorers finding something cool on new land. This delicious tuber then traveled world-wide to the Philippines, Africa, Indonesia, India, and South Asia.
The sweet potato has become a staple in the southeast United States, where it has made its charming, permanent way into southern cuisine. Today, the sweet potato is most commonly called a yam, which distinguishes it from other less common types of sweet potatoes.
Selection and Storage of Sweet Potatoes
Choose sweet potatoes that are firm. They should be void of soft sports, bruises, or cracks. Pass up any sweet potatoes that are in cold storage at the supermarket.
These delectable treats should be stored in a cool and dark place. Do not store them in a plastic bag; however, they can be stored in a paper bag with air holes. Keep them away from a heat source, such as the stove. Sweet potatoes, well-stored, will keep for up to 10 days.