Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sweet Potato - A Nutritiously Sweet Cure

Sweet potatoes contain many anticancer properties, including beta-carotene, which may protect DNA in the cell nucleus from cancer-causing chemicals outside the nuclear membrane.
The healing power of the sweet potato: another good food that has received a bad name, taking blame for weight gain. The sweet potato is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. It can help preserve your memory, control diabetes and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
The sweet potato is a member of the morning glory family and except in name only, is not related to the white potato. It helps prevent cancer and heart disease. It is rich in complex carbohydrates and low in calories - there are only 117 calories in a 4-oz. serving. Sweet potatoes are used in controlling weight and conditions like diabetes. They are an easy way to get the heart healthy and to get cancer- fighting benefits into your diet. This information comes from the spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, Pamela Savage-Marr, R.D.
A little known fact about beta-carotene and vitamins C and vitamin E is the protection they give the blood vessels and certain parts of the eye. The sweet potato gives you half of your daily value of vitamin C in only a 4-oz. serving. The same serving gives you 20 percent of the daily value of vitamin E.
When buying sweet potatoes, look for the ones with the most orange color. They have the most beta-carotene. They have little fat, but they do require a little fat to get the vitamins into your system. It is easy to get the required five to seven grams from other foods in your meal.

Raw Sweet Potato Nutritional Facts, for 100 grams:
Calories: 86
Calories from Fat: 0
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 55mg
Total Carbohydrates: 20g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 2g
Vitamin A: 284%
Vitamin C: 4%
Vitamin K: 2%
Calcium: 3%
Iron: 3%

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