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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sweet Potato: Super Food of the Week

Hey guys!

Now here's a vegetable that DOES NOT get enough recognition as it should.  Sweet potatoes, or Yams, are an excellent addition to any healthy nutrition plan and let me tell you why.  For starters, you get an abundance of nutrients in a reasonable amount of calories.  What's even better is that this starchy vegetable can be prepared in a variety of ways (ex. baked, grilled,  pureed, etc.) and you can add them to soups, stews or even throw them into smoothies.

But if you're still not convinced, here are 4 reasons I like adding Sweet Potatoes to my Daily Menus:
1. VITAMINS!!!!!! - Sweet Potatoes are packed with Vitamins B6, C & D.  Homosysteines are chemicals in our bodies that are linked to diseases such as arthritis, diabetes and Alzheimer's.  B6 helps reduce homosysteines in the body.  Vitamin C helps the body fight against the flu and colds but it also may be linked to fighting toxins that may be linked to cancer.  And finally, Vitamin D.  This vitamin and hormone plays an important role in energy level, our mood and building healthy skin, bones and teeth.

2. Antioxidants - You already know that Sweet Potatoes contain Vitamin C.  But when you combine that with the fact that they're also high in beta-carotene, you've got an awesome combination that's responsible for ridding your body of cancer-friendly free radicals.

3. Relaxation Baby - Because they're an excellent source of Potassium, our heartbeats and  nerve signals are regulated due to this very important electrolyte.  Plus, it also contains magnesium which is an anti-stress and relaxation mineral.

4. Fiber - For those of you interested in weight loss, Sweet Potatoes are an excellent source of this awesome nutrient.  Fiber contributes to that full feeling when you're done eating.  But not only that it lowers blood cholesterol levels and promotes healthy digestion.

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