It’s the beginning of November where the temperature drops in and it’s the sign of a cold winters stepping in across India.The streets pave way for the carts that carry Yam or Shakharkandi as we fondly call it.
It’s been a distant relative of potato packed with nutrients that replace the fatty snacks you have been gorging on. A healthy option for you to snack on for those hunger pangs or enjoy the warmness of it during a cold winter evening.
The nutrients are one aspect of including them in your diet. If you’re trying to lose out on your weight and potatoes have been your favorite, we suggest you give the sweet potato a try. Replacing your usual fries with sweet potato fries come with not just taste but a power house of fibre content that will give your health a boost of energy and vitamins your body requires.
Are potatoes and sweet potato related?
The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the bindweed or morning glory family, Convolvulaceae. Its large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots are a root vegetable. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens.
Get yourself acquainted with your new favorite potato and explore the benefits it offers your health.
High Fibre Content:
Sweet potatoes contain twice as much fibre compared to other types of potatoes. Which results in helping to prevent constipation, so you don’t have to worry about digestion.
It contains a good 10% of Vitamin B6 in a per 100 gms serving, this reduces the chemical called homocysteine which leads to heart attacks. A healthy heart is what we all need.
If you happen to miss out on your daily citrus intake i.e. lemon, orange or the juices. Sweet Potato has a good 4% of Vitamin C in a per 100gms serving. Improving your immunity in preventing flu viruses and common cold. Also to add it helps in the formation of blood cells.
Did you know magnesium helps you relax and fight against stress? If you have had a hard day at work, sweet potato helps you in consuming 6% of magnesium is a per 100gms serving.
We all love being the Iron man or woman, but our body requires it more than us. To keep us going sweet potato is packed with a good 3% of Iron in a per 100gms serving which provides a boost of energy and a smooth functioning of out immune system.
A dose of 9% in a per 100gms serving of Potassium is essential for our body. Its one of the important electrolytes that regulates heartbeat and nerve signals. It helps in relaxing muscle contractions, reduces swelling and protects and controls the kidney activity.
Reduces Blood sugar spikes:
Being naturally sweet the natural sugars in sweet potato are slowly released in the bloodstream helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy. This results in no fatigue or weight gain.
Not just as a snack but sweet potato has versatility hidden in them. You can roast, bake or grill as well as steam them. They complement your soups and stews or grills or garnish your salad with slices of them. A simple grill can be with onions and paneer and marinated with Indian spices that give you not just health but taste.
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