Food Product Highlight

Sweet Potato

June 20, 2016

Sweet PotatoI tend to incorporate sweet potato into my meals more frequently and even use them in my baking! My guess it’s due to the increasing amount of recipes I see everywhere, which inspire me to use them more often and also, sweet potato is one nutritious vegetable, nowadays available in any supermarket. So before you start cooking or baking, read all about the sweet potato in our Product Highlight!

  • Native to Peru, the cultivation of the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) dates back to 750 BC and were discovered by Columbus. There are about 400 varieties of sweet potato, differentiated by their skin and flesh color, ranging from cream, yellow, and orange to pink or purple
  • The glycemic index indicates the impact a food substance has on blood sugar levels. A high glycemic index means blood sugar levels can spike. People with diabetes and others who monitor their blood sugar levels should avoid foods with a high glycemic index, therefore, are often advised to eat sweet potatoes instead of normal potatoes since sweet potato has a glycemic load of only 17, where a normal potato has an index of 29
  • Their high levels of Vitamin A and beta-carotene means sweet potatoes are a skin superfood. The substances on many pricey skin-care products like retinol and retinoic acid are actually derived from Vitamin A and another benefit is that beta-carotene combats the free radicals which causes skin aging
  • Noticing a slower recovery after strength training? The high potassium content in sweet potatoes can alleviate muscle cramps which are often related to potassium deficiency. During times of stress, the body uses more potassium, so eating sweet potatoes can help protect you from the negative health effects of tension

Tip: The high amounts of beta-carotene are better absorbed by including healthy fats when you prepare your sweet potato. So go ahead and add some olive oil or even avocado to your sweet potato recipe!

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