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Sweet Potatoes are a Super Food…Now That’s Sweet


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Sweet Potatoes are a Super Food…Now That’s Sweet

Take a look at some fun facts and delicious ideas to include the superfood, sweet potato in your meals.

Sweet potatoes can be more than just a Thanksgiving favorite prepared with extra fat and sugar. They are a naturally sweet treat that delivers a lot of nutrition all year round. Simply prepared—mashed, baked, folded into pancakes, or made into guilt-free baked fries—sweet potatoes are a nourishing addition to any meal. That orange flesh is a give away that these root vegetables are bursting with carotenoids.

Superfood Sweet Potato Nutrition Information

One medium potato (5” long and 2” wide—about the size of a computer mouse) provides 103 calories, 4 grams fiber, 2 grams of protein, 438% of your DV of vitamin A and 37% of vitamin C. It also contains the “fight-o-nutrients” called carotenoids.

What are carotenoids, and what are their benefits?

Carotenoids are a type of antioxidant—a naturally occurring chemical that prevents cells from being damaged. There are over 600 carotenoids, all packed with disease-fighting properties. New research shows carotenoids may also help ward off Alzheimer’s and the alpha- and beta-carotene (two types of carotenoids) in sweet potatoes may reduce the risk of breast cancer. They also promote eye health. As though that weren’t enough, they’re also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, with smaller amounts of vitamin B6, manganese, copper, and iron.

Does the color of my sweet potato matter?

Sweet Potato Super Food

Sweet potato flesh and skins can come in different colors—white, yellow, orange, red, and purple —which each have different phytochemicals. The rarer purple variety has anthocyanins, a type of flavanoid, also an antioxidant, which may inhibit certain types of cancers.

You may have heard there’s a difference between sweet potatoes and yams.  This is true. The difference is sweet potatoes are a root vegetable, whereas yams are tubers—a thickened part of the stem. Sweet potatoes are what we buy in the stores.

How often should I eat them?

The USDA recommends that most adults eat two cups of orange fruits and vegetables each week. Sweet potatoes fit the bill—as do carrots, papaya, mangos, cantaloupe, and butternut squash.

How do I choose my sweet potato?

Sweet potatoes should be firm and free of bruises or soft spots. Store them in a cool dry place with adequate airflow. Forget candied yams. Try a sweet potato today and let its natural sweetness surprise you.

What are some new ways to prepare sweet potatoes?

You can substitute sweet potatoes wherever you would use white ones—baked, mashed, turned into home fries (go easy on the oil!)—or try a new recipe:

For a quick, satisfying dish, top a baked sweet potato with some heated black beans, salsa, and a spoonful of low-fat plain yogurt. Or make Sweet Potato Nachos!


Learn more about our favorite superfoods, like buckwheat, cranberries, and  walnuts!

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About the Author

Kerri-Ann is a registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in adult, child and adolescent weight loss, and wellness counseling, and lives in Vermont. Kerri-Ann empowers people to make healthy changes that last. Through writing, teaching, and nutrition coaching, she helps individuals get healthier in a way that's fun, not forced. She likes pretty much all whole foods, but is partial to kale, coffee, black beans, pie and peanut butter (not necessarily all in the same meal).


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