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11 Reasons to Love Sweet Potatoes

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11 Reasons to Love Sweet Potatoes

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without delicious and nutritious sweet potatoes.  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.

Keep reading to discover more reasons to love sweet potatoes and ways to enjoy them...

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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3:29AM PST on Dec 29, 2014

Sweet potatoes are a very important part of my Vegan diet. They are versatile, delicious, highly nutritious, economical, and did I mention delicious? 😊

6:06PM PDT on May 24, 2014

Yum

12:13PM PDT on May 15, 2013

Sharing!

2:57AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

I just had sweet potatoes yesterday!

9:10PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

they forgot to stress that sweet potatoes are also vitamins for your eyes.

1:36AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

I love sweet potatoes many ways. Thanks for the info.

7:52AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Love these.

7:38AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Looks good :-)

7:26AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Yummmmm!

5:34AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

fantastic

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