If there’s one vegetable that packs a punch nutritionally and works well as a side dish with most foods, it’s got to be sweet potato.
A sweet-tasting root vegetable, sweet potato could not be any further apart from white potato. In fact, sweet potato belongs to the morning glory family, while white potato to the nightshade family.
Sweet potato contains an abundant supply of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, and are a good source of most B vitamins and vitamin C, as well as fibre. It is also high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant also present in carrots which converts to vitamin A once consumed. Vitamin A, which sweet potato is a good source of, helps maintain eyesight and boosts immunity.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of potassium, a nutrient that’s crucial to normal cell function. Another nutrient contained in sweet potato is choline, which helps with memory and learning, as well as for reducing inflammation. They’re a good source of manganese, a mineral that’s a boost for your metabolism and bone development, and also aids in vitamin absorption.
And sweet potatoes are loaded with magnesium, which assists your blood level stay on an even keel.
Sweet potatoes are a low-glycemic food and high in fibre, which means they release and absorb glucose into the bloodstream very slowly, preventing a spike in blood sugar. Hence why sweet potatoes are recommended for diabetics.
Sweet potato is a versatile food and there are numerous ways you can prepare and use sweet potato – everything from mash, wedges, chips through to cakes even.
Recipe: Sweet Potato Wedges
- 3 medium sweet potatoes
- 6tbsps olive oil
- 1tbsp dried rosemary
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
- Cut the sweet potato (with the skin on) into wedges
- Toss wedges in olive oil
- Add the rosemary and a good pinch of salt and pepper to the wedges and mix well
- Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 30-35mins.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com