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9 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

6.  They are a source of potassium, one of the important electrolytes that help regulate heartbeat and nerve signals. Like the other electrolytes, potassium performs many essential functions, some of which include relaxing muscle contractions, reducing swelling, and protecting and controlling the activity of the kidneys.

7. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.

8. Their rich orange colour indicates that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids, which is the precursor to vitamin A in your body.  Carotenoids help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging. Studies at Harvard University of more than 124,000 people showed a 32 percent reduction in risk of lung cancer in people who consumed a variety of carotenoid-rich foods as part of their regular diet. Another study of women who had completed treatment for early stage breast cancer conducted by researchers at Women’s Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) found that women with the highest blood concentrations of carotenoids had the least likelihood of cancer recurrence.

9.  There are versatile. Try them roasted, puréed, steamed, baked, or grilled. You can add them to soups and stews, or grill and place on top of leafy greens for a delicious salad. I enjoy grilling them with onions and red peppers for amazing sandwich or wrap ingredients.  Puree them and add to smoothies and baked goods.

Adapted with permission from The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional 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 The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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2:05PM PDT on May 23, 2014

Sweet potatoes are good for smokers because they are loaded with vitamin A that is good for lungs health. A medium sweet potato has more than 400% of recommended daily consumption of vitamin A. To read more about sweet potato, here an Arabic article about health benefits of sweet potatoes:

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4:37AM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

only had my first one today and love it.

6:09PM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

Sweet potatoes are wonderful-- Thanks, Michelle, I really like when you let us know the many ways a food is good for us.

8:14AM PST on Feb 1, 2014

I'm guessing the article should read "sweet Potatoes" - not sweet potato leaves. But thanks for the article!

1:50PM PST on Jan 31, 2014

Sweet potatoes are delicious.Thanks for sharing

2:10PM PST on Jan 28, 2014

I also add cinnamon and some butter to sweet baked potatoes. Love them about any way they are cooked.

12:13PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

I love sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have some great nutritional values. Thanks for this wonderful insight.

12:23AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

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11:42AM PDT on May 1, 2013

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10:00AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Sweet potatoes are not too popular in Malta and they're not that cheap either. Still, if all these benefits really arise from eating sweet potatoes, then they're good value for money.

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