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Sweet Potatoes: How Sweet They Are

By Alysia Santo

Not all potatoes are created equal. Pound for pound, sweet potatoes, the orange tubers native to South America, nutritionally beat their white counterparts on a number of levels. Among other advantages, they contain lower levels of the simple carbs that can spike blood sugar. Replacing conventional taters with sweet ones is an effective way for cancer patients to continue enjoying the satisfying, filling texture of a potato while adding more nutrients into a meal.

Sweet potatoes are high in carotenoids, which, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research, are powerful phytochemicals that may help fight against some types of cancer.

Ann’s Tips

Sweet potatoes are a high fiber food that packs a punch! 1 cup of baked sweet provides 24% of your daily requirement for FIBER! Sweet potatoes are a rich source of vitamins C & K and B vitamins, and β – carotene.

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 lots of fiber and vitamins and minerals.

Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dry, dark place, preferably a well-ventilated cabinet, and keep them loose or in a paper bag.

Recipe Tips

Sweet potatoes are versatile, and can be prepared the same as a standard white spud. 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 a sweet potato mash.  For a healthy alternative to French fries try CFYL’s Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries. For a real Holiday treat, try our Chestnut Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.



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