Why Sweet Potatoes Are “Sweet” For Your Body
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Fall is my favorite time of the year. The crisp, cool mornings and nights, the leaves turning and falling from the trees; it is just a great time of the year for me. Thanksgiving is another reason why I love the fall. I get to spend time with family and catch up on recent events in our lives.
And then there’s the pumpkin pie. Oh yes! But, just because it’s fall, doesn’t necessarily mean it HAS to be pumpkin. My grandmother makes a “sweet” sweet potato pie!
Little be-known to us, sweet potatoes are loaded with a bunch of different vitamins that help your body in different ways. Not only do they provide numerous benefits, but they are also pretty inexpensive and very yummy!
Check out some of the top benefits they have to offer:
- They are an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for your body, especially during the cold and flu season. Vitamin C helps to ward off these viruses as well as plays an important role in bone and tooth growth, as well as blood cell formation and digestion. This vitamin also helps to produce collagen within your skin, which helps to maintain elasticity and helps you to cope with stress.
- Sweet potatoes contain vitamin D, which is responsible for building your bones and keeping them healthy. Vitamin D is also a very critical vitamin for your immune system. It is primarily made in your body as a result of getting enough sunlight. Not having enough sunlight and vitamin D in your body can cause depression as well as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which can happen during the winter months. Vitamin D also helps play a role in your energy levels as well as maintaining a healthy heart, healthy skin and teeth and helps to support your thyroid gland.
- They contain a mineral that can help you relax! Magnesium plays an important part in many organs in your body. It is responsible for maintaining healthy arteries, bones, a healthy heart, muscles and nerves. On top of this, magnesium plays an important role in the development of serotonin. Since magnesium is important for serotonin development, having a low level of magnesium in your body can cause you to feel irritable, stressed, depressed and you may even have some mental confusion.
Ready to get these amazing benefits of sweet potatoes and then some? Try this amazing recipe for the PERFECT Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- ¼ to ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- Pinch nutmeg
1. Put the sweet potatoes in a large pot and add just enough cold water to cover them. Bring to a boil and cook until fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and return to the potatoes to the pot on the stove top with the burner turned off.
2. Add the remaining ingredients, using only 1/4 cup liquid to start, adding more if needed and mash until smooth and well-combined. Serve immediately.
Have any favorite sweet potato recipes? Please share with us in the comments below!
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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