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    1. They are high in vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks.

    2. They are a good source of vitamin C. While most people know that vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses, few people are aware that this crucial vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skinís 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. Both a vitamin and a hormone, vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting adequate sunlight. You may have heard about seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, as it is also called), which is linked to inadequate sunlight and therefore a vitamin D deficiency. 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, yet experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the popula­tion in North America may be deficient in this important mineral.
    6. They are a source of potassium, one of the important electrolytes that help regulate heartbeat and nerve signals. Like the other electrolytes, potassium performs many essential functions, some of which include relaxing muscle contractions, reducing swelling, and protecting and controlling the activity of the kidneys.

    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. Their rich orange colour indicates that 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. Studies at Harvard University of more than 124,000 people showed a 32 percent reduction in risk of lung cancer in people who consumed a variety of carotenoid-rich foods as part of their regular diet.2 Another study of women who had completed treatment for early stage breast cancer conducted by researchers at Womenís Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) found that women with the highest blood concentrations of carotenoids had the least likelihood of cancer recurrence.
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    I don't like the taste of sweet potatoes. I know they're chock full of nutrients...which is why I started eating them a long time ago..but didn't last long. I tried them in a savoury fashion...spinkled with some chaat masala and lime juice...blech! I tried them in sweeter fashion...drizzled with maple syrup, some cinnamon, and crushed granola.....this tasted better, but still not overly fond of it. Did not like them too much in the form of baked fries. But now...I just blend them into a smoothie with some juice and other fruits and veggies...and I like it better this way as I don't really taste them.

    Regular aloos taste better than sweet potatoes...too bad they're not that healthy for you.

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      #3
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      Jazak Allah for the post. never knew sweet potatoes were that bountiful. Wow.
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        #4
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        my mom makes pakoras out of sweet potatoes, but i'm not sure how many nutrients i'll get when they're pakora estyle fried like that, tastes great though

        good read OP ji
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          #5
          Re: Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

          thank you for the info. i make sweet potato fries it's yummy!
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            #6
            Re: Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

            In Pakistan they are called shakar qundee.
            Fools never disagree.

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              #7
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              Once I pureed some a sweet potato and mixed it into pancake batter......that was not bad. I think it's a good way to make pancakes healthier.

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                #8
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                Hay

                Iwould like to share that my dear aunty makes pakoras out of sweet potatoes, but i'm not sure how many nutrients i'll get when they're pakora estyle fried like that, tastes great though,and at least I ate 2kg.

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                  here in Canada, the best shakar qand comes from India available in Indian Stores...other than that, next best comes from Jamaica which is purple in color. Jamaican yam's flesh is less fibrous and has more smooth texture...while the Indian shakarqands are very smooth with almost no fibres running it's length.

                  shakarqand kii kheer bahooot lazeez hotii hai
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                    Re: Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

                    Originally posted by Umbra View Post
                    Hay

                    Iwould like to share that my dear aunty makes pakoras out of sweet potatoes, but i'm not sure how many nutrients i'll get when they're pakora estyle fried like that, tastes great though,and at least I ate 2kg.
                    whas up with copy pasting my whole post and then just adding the "and at least i ate 2kg"!!??!!
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                      #11
                      Re: Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

                      Do they help in gaining weight?

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                        #12
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                        ^sirji if they're fried sweet potato pakoras then duh you'll gain weight!! my mommy's are yummsie
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                          #13
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                          lol my mom makes pakoras of the plain potatoes not sweet one ........

                          Thanks alot Nisha Madam

                          and fried things are not good for gaining weight

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                            #14
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                            lucky for me i love sweet potatoes, especially baked, which i think is the healthiest way to eat em, actually had one just last night with some slow roasted and then seared prime rib...yum
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                              #15
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                              I love sweet potato, never realised they had so many benefits!! will be increasing my intake now

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