Sweet potatoes are starchy vegetables consumed worldwide. They are delicious, easy to prepare, and also offer many health benefits. Without further ado, here are the nutrition benefits of sweet potatoes.
Sweet Potatoes Pack a Lot of Nutrients
In addition to being delicious, this vegetable is also rich in nutrients. For example, one cup (238 g.) of baked sweet potatoes provides:
- Vitamin A: 1033% of the Daily Value (DV)—yes, you read that right: 1033%
- Vitamin B6: 27% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 70% of the DV
- Potassium: 22% of the DV
- Manganese: 44% of the DV
- Dietary fiber: 8.2 g.
They Provide a Lot of Antioxidants
Sweet potatoes are a good source of antioxidants, compounds that limit the effects caused by free radicals. This vegetable is particularly rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that promotes eye health, among other benefits.
They Promote Gut Health
The antioxidants found in sweet potatoes also contribute to gut health by promoting the growth of healthy bacteria.
Additionally, this vegetable is also rich in fiber, or in two types of fiber to be precise. Soluble fibers create a sense of fullness and slow down digestion. Insoluble fibers, on the other hand, boost bowel health.
At Chef Gourmet we love sweet potatoes for their taste and nutrition benefit. If you loved them too, make sure to check out our Gourmet Prepared Meals. The menu changes every week and we often include sweet potatoes served in different ways: baked, smashed, and more!
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