A BASIC GUIDE: Sweet Potatoes

A BASIC GUIDE: Sweet Potatoes

You might only eat this when someone sends you a bag of Kamote (Sweet Potato) Chips but you have to believe us when we say that there are so many other reasons to include this amazing ingredient in your diet all year long! The truth is they're not potatoes. They are naturally sweet roots in the morning glory family. These veggies grew in Peru as early as 750 B.C.

1. Highly Nutritious

Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They're also rich in antioxidants! Free radical damage has been linked to chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, and aging. Therefore, eating antioxidant-rich foods is good for your health.

2. Promote Gut Health

Sweet potatoes contain fiber and antioxidants that promote the growth of good gut bacteria and contribute to a healthy gut.

3. May Have Cancer-Fighting Properties

Animal and test-tube research suggests that the anthocyanins and other antioxidants found in sweet potatoes may protect against certain cancers. However, human studies are needed.

4. Support Healthy Vision

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene and anthocyanins, antioxidants that may help prevent vision loss and improve eye health.

5. May Enhance Brain Function

Studies have shown that sweet potatoes may improve brain health by reducing inflammation and preventing mental decline. However, it remains unknown whether they have the same effects in humans.

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