Sweet potatoes are excellent for the heart, intestines, and eyes.

Sweet potatoes contain more nutrients. They are beneficial to the heart, vision, and immunity.

Sweet potatoes are good for heart
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Sweet potatoes are native to South and Central America. They are now commonly grown in the tropics, where the climate is humid and warm. They serve as the foundation for African, Caribbean, and Pacific Island cuisine. The most common variety is orange, but there are also white and purple sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are primarily composed of carbohydrates. The majority is derived from starch, followed by fiber. This vegetable contains very little protein and very little fat.

What vitamins and minerals are in sweet potatoes?

  • vitamin C,
  • B vitamins (including vitamin B5 and vitamin B6),
  • vitamin E,
  • calcium,
  • iron,
  • magnesium,
  • phosphorus,
  • potassium,
  • zinc,
  • manganese.

Sweet potatoes are low in calories and easily digestible. Boiling sweet potatoes have a glycemic index of 46-61, while baked potatoes have a glycemic index of 94.

Sweet potatoes – health properties

Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene (the pigment that gives them their bright color), which the body can convert into vitamin A. Orange tubers have been shown to raise blood levels of vitamin A more than other beta-carotene sources. Consuming sweet potatoes is an excellent way to compensate for vitamin A deficiency. This vitamin influences, among other things, the process of vision, the immune system, and the proper functioning and appearance of the skin.

Sweet potatoes contain carotenoids, which may reduce the risk of cancer. Antioxidant-rich diets, such as carotenoids, have been linked to a lower risk of stomach, kidney, and breast cancer. Purple sweet potatoes, on the other hand, are high in anthocyanins, which have been linked to a lower risk of colon cancer.

Sweet potato compounds may also help control blood sugar levels and lower “bad” cholesterol levels, lowering the risk of heart problems. Sweet potatoes contain potassium, which is an important heart-healthy ingredient. Over 330 mg of this element can be found in 100 g of sweet potatoes. A potassium-rich diet helps to lower blood pressure.


Author: DoctorMaryam.org

3rd Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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