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The Low Down on Sweet Potatoes


Hey guys! Its been some time since I actually posted something other than my daily journal and food intakes. So here is one for you all.

Lately, since switching over to vegetarianism, I have been loading up on sweet potatoes. I usually just like them boiled, steamed or roasted. But because I’m lazy i just boil them hahaha!

I thought to myself, usually when I eat a lot of a certain type of food or foods I usually want to know if there are actual health benefits and if I find it highly useful I end up sharing it to all my lovely readers and fellow Thinspireers  d Fitspireers. ^-^ So here is the low down on sweet potatoes. :P

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Sweet potatoes are LOADED with vitamins! And when I say loaded. IT IS VERY LOADED! Here are a few of them:

1.  They are high in vitamin B6 which  Aids in the prevention of heart attacks.

2. They are a good source of vitamin CIt helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and is essen­tial to helping us cope with stress. It even appears to help protect our body against toxins that may be linked to cancer.

3.  They contain Vitamin D which is critical for immune system and overall health at this time of year.  Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and it supports the thyroid gland.

4.  Sweet potatoes contain iron. Most people are aware that we need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein, among other things.

5.  Sweet potatoes are a good source of mag­nesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function.

6.  They are a source of potassium, one of the important electrolytes that help regulate heartbeat and nerve signals.

7. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.

8. They are high in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids, which is the precursor to vitamin A in your body.  Carotenoids help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging.

SO you may be saying to yourself,
“OOOOKAAYYY…. we get it, it has tons of great things, but what about compatibility for weight loss? Will it make us fat because its so starchy and seemingly full of “EVIL” carbohydrates?”

Well here is the weight loss benefit of eating sweet potato:

 

  • Sweet potato is LOW in CALORIES! Yeap you heard/read that right! A sweet potato contains 10 percent of your daily calories on a moderate, 1,600-calorie-a-day weight loss plan. The average sweet potato contains about 160 calories, yet it is quite large. In fact, the average-sized sweet potato is approximately 5 inches long and has a diameter of about 2 inches. Eating low-calorie foods helps you lose weight.
  • Sweet potato is loaded with FIBER tons and tons of FIBER! And a high fiber diet helps you lose weight, (according to American Diet Association) by curbing your appetite and reducing the temptation to eat/binge/crave. Fiber keeps you feeling fuller for longer on little calories. =^-^=
  • Sweet potatoes possess a low-glycemic index, meaning they are unlikely to cause blood sugar levels to spike. Diets that include sweet potatoes and other foods that have low-glycemic index scores support weight loss. The low-glycemic index of sweet potatoes often stabilizes blood sugar levels and keeps them within a healthy range. Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels discourages belly fat. This is because unstable blood sugar levels frequently lead to insulin resistance, a precursor to obesity.

But we have to always remember that no single food guarantees weight loss. You cannot base a healthy diet around one food or one food group. Sweet potatoes play a role in a healthy weight loss diet that includes a balance of nutritious foods. A healthy weight loss diet reduces your normal food intake by about 500 calories daily and includes a variety of fruit, vegetable, grain, protein and dairy. The effectiveness of sweet potatoes in weight loss depends on your method of preparation. Their low-calorie count goes out the window if you bake them in a marshmallow-laden casserole or sink them in the deep fryer.

So there you have it. The low down of the sweet taters! So looks like its a great food choice to add into your diet. :P I have to admit I had this for lunch just now and I am stuffed! Sweet potatoes taste amazing and has so many health benefits. It would be crazy if you don’t include them to your diet. :P Its 10x better than WHITE potato which is not really a healthy choice. :P hehehe! So I hope you guys enjoyed this article and food tip. :P

xoxo
Lara Krystle “Lane” Novales
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