sweet potatoes

Food of the Month: One (sweet potato) Two (sweet potato)

Care of Amy Symington, of ameliaeats.com The humble potato comes in many many varieties and forms, but one of the most nutrient dense versions is the rich, velvety smooth sweet potato. Sweet potatoes contain high levels of the powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene, helping to reduce the risk of any inflammatory disease or ailment including cancer, macular degeneration and heart disease. They are also rich in vitamin C, another powerful, antioxidant which further prevents or protects against free radicals and their damage. Moreover, due to their high fibre content sweet potatoes may also help or improve blood sugar regulation, which is ideal for those wishing to prevent or manage their Type 2 Diabetes. In addition to the beautiful, vivid orange colour, sweet potatoes can also be found in shades of purple and white. Steaming, baking or roasting are the recommended cooking methods for the preparation of sweet potatoes to ensure maximum retention of their vitamins. Sweet or savoury – eat them for breakfast in a parfait, for lunch in a stodgy salad bowl or as a stellar, well-seasoned side to your sandwich, or for dinner in a spicy mole chili! You say potato, I say sweet potato!… Read More

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Food of the Month: Sweet Potatoes

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com One potato, two potato. You say potato, I say sweet poe-tah-toe. Sweet potatoes pack a nutritious yet delicious punch. They are high in beta carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, which is good for your skin, eyesight, and reducing your overall risk of cancer. They are also a high fibre food, aiding in digestion, the creation of good gut microflora and reducing the risk of all of the chronic diseases. They are chocked full of antioxidants including vitamin C and contain high levels of manganese and copper. Sweet potatoes are a very versatile ingredient and are used around the world in many traditional dishes, from sweet potato pie in the USA to spicy peanut soup in Africa to Indonesian Kolak Pisang, a decadent sweet potato and banana dessert. The leaves of the sweet potato can also be consumed and have similar nutritional benefits as other leafy greens, including significant levels of folate and iron. Sweet potatoes aren’t just good for fancy fries, they are the most versatile of all of the root vegetables, so use them in your sweet, savoury and spicy dishes. Read More

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