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Healthy Food of the Day: Sweet Potato

So wait, a starch can be healthy? ABSOLUTELY! 🙂 Here’s how:

Potatoes are a starch, carb, sugar…whatever you want to call it, but that doesn’t mean that they are bad. The carbs and sugars that you should stay away from are the ones that have NO nutritional value and Sweet Potatoes have loads of nutrients!

According to Self.com

There is no fat or cholesterol in sweet potatoes (unless you add butter). There’s plenty of Fiber and they are a great source of Protein!

The top vitamins that can be found in a sweet potato are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Betaine and Choline. Vitamin A and C are great for supporting the immune system and fighting off sickness. In addition Vitamin A helps keep the eyes functioning as they should and helps with the overall development of your organs. Choline helps prevent liver damage and fortifies the cell membranes.

The top Minerals that can be found are (which are organized by least to most) Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium, and Magnesium (among others!). Potassium is great for the muscles. Eating a sweet potato after a work out is great because lots of potassium is lost when exercising. According the ehow.com, too much Potassium is not a good thing. In fact, Potassium doesn’t work alone, it also needs Sodium and Magnesium to do its work in the body. So luckily, Magnesium can be found in a sweet potato as well!

Check out my Sweet Potato Juicing Recipe to find a great juicing recipe that contains sweet potato! Seriously, it’s amazing and it tastes like a dessert.

xo

Main Source: Self.com

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