By Maria Flynn
From Vegan to Atkins and every diet in-between…I’ve come to settle with the idea that each person’s body is one big chemistry lab and what works for one person may not work for another.
The sweet potato has been short of magic as one of the healthiest carbohydrates that I enjoy eating. The sweet potato isn’t just for Thanksgiving day anymore.
By adding the sweet potato back in to my weekly diet, I’ve kept my weight in check, my skin and hair have improved...not to mention, they’re easy to cook.
5 Benefits of the Sweet Potato
1. Manganese. Manganese is a trace mineral pivotal in the metabolism of carbohydrates that support healthy blood sugar levels. What does that mean for you? It’ll stabilize your appetite for hours. Manganese is useful and included in several treatments for women including treatments for premenstrual symptoms. (Source: Natural News)
2. Carotenoids. The rich color indicates that the sweet potato is high in beta carotene and carotenoids which supports eye health, cardiovascular health, male fertility, and skin and hair health (Source: Global Health Center)
3. Fiber. Twice as much fiber as the potato, the sweet potato lets you use energy more efficiently while also normalizing bowel health, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as achieving healthy weight. (Source: Mayo Clinic)
4. Vitamin C and E. Vitamins C and E combined with Beta-Carotene makes the sweet potato and "super beauty food" giving you a glowing complexion and vibrant hair. (Source: Natural News)
5. Delicious. Did you really need the other 4 reasons? That’s right…they’re absolutely delicious and popular in the paleo diet world. Blogger, Aimee Halpin of The Burned Hand has an excellent blog featuring recipes for Thanksgiving. I’m making the sweet potato and bacon recipe she’s posted. O. M. G. it sounds delicious….