Sweet potatoes have high amounts of beta-carotene, equal to that of carrots: and for 90 calories per sweet potato you get a huge amount of health building nutrients. Beta-carotene is a major fighter against cancer, heart disease, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The bright orange flesh of the sweet potato contains carotenoids that help stabilize your blood sugar and lower insulin resistance, making cells more responsive to insulin and aiding your metabolism. Sweet potatoes have four times the USDRA (U.S. Daily Recommended Allowance) for beta-carotene when eaten with the skin on!
In fact, it would take 20 cups of broccoli to provide the 38,000 IUs of beta-carotene (vitamin A) available in one cup of cooked sweet potatoes. They are a source of vitamin E, vitamin B6, potassium, and iron, plus they are FAT FREE. Cup for cup, sweet potatoes have been found to provide as much fiber as oatmeal.
I buy and bake several organic sweet potatoes a week. They keep in the fridge and make a great (sweet) snack cold or reheated. You can make great gluten free sweet potato pancakes for the children!
Eat Smart, Be Smart.