As the Fall season begins, we gain access to a new round of fresh produce. Sweet potatoes are no exception. They have a naturally sweet taste, pair well with many foods and fill you up. Plus, they are considered a superfood and have some great health benefits.
Let’s dig a littler deeper.
Sweet potatoes are a plant food, and when you add more of these types of foods into your diet, it can decrease serious health risks like diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
The high fiber content of sweet potatoes has been shown to improve blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. Additionally, the fiber helps with digestive regularity. The high potassium levels help balance out sodium levels, which can lower your blood pressure.
The beta-carotene and vitamin C in sweet potatoes helps boost your immune system. Additionally, the body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, which helps your vision.
Choosing and Storing Sweet Potatoes
When shopping for sweet potatoes, you want to look for ones that have a deeper color. That indicates that it’s a bigger source of beta-carotene. Small and medium ones are sweeter and creamier than the large ones, which can be on the starchier side.
The potato should be firm, with smooth, even skin. You shouldn’t see any blemishes.
Store them in a cool, dry, dark place to get the longest shelf life out of them (about three weeks). Otherwise, be sure to use them within a few days and do not refrigerate them.
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