Thanksgiving is generally the time most people think about eating sweet potatoes. However, you can enjoy them all year round. If you only eat sweet potatoes during the holidays, you should try eating them throughout the year. Not only are they delicious but they’re full of antioxidants; so, cooking with sweet potatoes more often would be a good idea.
Native to Central America, these tubers are among the oldest vegetables ever eaten. In fact, they have been eaten since be prehistoric times dating to at least 10,000 years ago. Christopher Columbus took sweet potatoes to Span from the New World when he returned after his initial voyage. They were then spread around the world to the point where they are cultivated nearly everywhere.
Sweet potatoes are a great addition to your family’s diet. They are full of vitamin A which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants, in the form of beta-carotene, are important to combat atherosclerosis, some types of heart disease and colon cancer. Vitamin A is especially important for those who smoke or experience second-hand smoke.
If you live in the South, you’ve undoubtedly had sweet potato pie, sweet potato casserole or candied sweet potatoes. Now, however, you may be able to enjoy them as sweet potato fries, mashed or baked. For something entirely different, why not try grilling them? For ideas of ways to prepare sweet potatoes, think of ways you might enjoy Irish potatoes and try something similar with sweet potatoes.
One baked sweet potato provides 26% of your daily need of vitamin A, 28% of vitamin C and 26% of manganese requirements. You’ll also receive 13% of your copper requirement, nearly 13% dietary fiber, 12.5% vitamin B5 and around 8% of your daily need of both potassium and iron. Because sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate, they digest slower in the system which means it won’t cause blood sugar to rise as quickly as white potatoes. People with diabetes may be able to enjoy sweet potatoes where they might not be able to eat other types.
Even if you don’t eat sweet potatoes year round, there’s no reason why you can’t. You may want to consider cooking with sweet potatoes more often. They’re wonderfully sweet and good for you, too.