Sweet Potatoes Can Do Amazing Things For Your Health: 10 Reasons You Should Eat Them Everyday

LifeStyle & Health

February 8, 2019 17:06 By Mambee

Sweet potatoes come in various colors. You can find them in purple, red, pale yellow or even white. The soil type, climate, and minerals they contain determine their color.

They are an interesting class of food with great benefits. Check ten of them out below.

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1.  Great for digestion

Sweet potatoes contain more fiber than the other type of potato. They also contain magnesium and starch, which makes them easier on your digestive system.

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2. Helps with weight gain

Because they contain complex starches and a high amount of nutritious vitamins, minerals, and proteins, sweet potatoes are an excellent choice for bodybuilders and people who would like to gain some weight.

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3. Anti-inflammatory properties

Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and magnesium, which are great components when it comes to treating inflammation.

4. Great for the immune system

The beta-carotene found in sweet potatoes is a major antioxidant. Coupled with the Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins, iron and phosphorus, which can also be found in this food, sweet potatoes are super strong immune system boosters.

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5. Asthma relief

If you have respiratory issues that affect your nose, bronchi, and/or lungs, the aroma of this type of potato can be very helpful.

6. Help eliminate arthritis pain

The nutrients in sweet potatoes make them capable of helping those with arthritis manage their pain. The water in the potatoes can be boiled and applied to joints to ease discomfort.

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7.  Helps battle cancer

The beta-carotene and vitamins present in sweet potatoes make them beneficial when it comes to some types of cancer, especially those affecting the colon, intestines, prostate, kidneys and other internal organs.

8. Treat stomach ulcers

Sweet potatoes can also be soothing to the stomach and intestines. Not only do the B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium and calcium help to cure stomach ulcers, the fibers present in this food can also help prevent constipation.

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9. A great choice for those with diabetes

Because of the taste and presence of starch, people erroneously believe that sweet potatoes are bad news for diabetics. The fact is, they are effective when it comes to regulating blood sugar levels and they help with the proper secretion and function of insulin. When compared to rice or other carbs, diabetics can get more value from sweet potatoes. Of course, they should be eaten in moderation.

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10. Prevents dehydration

The fiber and roughage found in sweet potatoes give them the ability to help you retain water. These foods help to maintain water balance in the body and improve cell function.

So, what about adding these delicious roots to your weekly menu? 

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