Sweet potatoes, the orange tubers native to South America, offer valuable vitamins and nutrients.
One medium sweet potato contains:
- 4g of fiber, which helps to keep you satiated longer, reduces blood sugar spikes, and is a valuable agent in protecting against colorectal cancers.
- Vitamin A, an important nutrient for a strong immune system and supports healthy vision
- Manganese, a mineral that helps protect our mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) from free radical damage
- Vitamin C, a free-radical-fighting vitamin that helps reduce oxidative stress and DNA damage
Sweet potatoes are also high in carotenoids, which are phytonutrients that can be converted to vitamin A within the body. Carotenoids are continually studied for their potential benefits in protecting against breast cancer (link), and against prostate cancer (link).
Choose sweet potatoes that are firm and free of soft spots and check the outer skin to make sure there are no cracks or bruises. No need to peel sweet potatoes, just wash them well because the skins have plenty of fiber.
Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dry, dark place, preferably a well-ventilated cabinet, and keep them loose or in a paper bag.
Sweet potatoes are versatile and can be prepared the same as a standard white potato. Bake them in their skins. Cut them into cubes and steam with a few other vegetables and serve with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper or smash them into sweet potato mash. For a nutrient-dense alternative to French fries, try our Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries.
Our Chestnut Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are perfect for fall and make for a great addition to your Thanksgiving or holiday table.