While mashed (white) potatoes are one of the dishes we most look forward to on Thanksgiving, the sweet potato is a fantastic alternative. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, sweet potatoes are one of the top 10 healthiest foods in the world.
For athletes, the most important quality of the orange root vegetable is its extremely low glycemic index. This aspect causes gradual digestion and absorption, providing a slower release of insulin for sustained energy during a workout.
In addition, the yellow/orange vegetable is rich in nutrients; it's an excellent source of dietary fiber, calcium, beta-carotene (a precursor of Vitamin A) and Vitamin C. Purple-fleshed sweet potatoes are a good source of anthocyanin antioxidants.
Sweet Potato Nutrition Facts
(for one medium-sized sweet potato)
Fat: 0.39 g
Protein: 2.15 g
Net Carbs: 31.56 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.9 g
Calcium: 28.6 mg
Sodium: 16.9 mg
Potassium: 265.2 mg
Folate: 18.2 mcg
Vitamin C: 29.51 mg
Vitamin A: 26081.9 IU
Holistic nutrition consultant Karen Roth discusses the benefits of sweet potatoes, suggests how to shop for them in the supermarket, and offers some easy cooking options. Even after Thanksgiving is over, eat these up!
Source: karenrothnutrition.com, livestrong.com
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