Sweet potatoes are good for you for a variety of reasons. First of all they are super cheap and available at most grocery stores, which is nice when you need a snack or meal food. But, what is inside of them is even more impressive.
Their rich orange colour indicates that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids, which is the precursor to vitamin A in your body. Carotenoids help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging. Studies at Harvard University of more than 124,000 people showed a 32 percent reduction in risk of lung cancer in people who consumed a variety of carotenoid-rich foods as part of their regular diet.* High amounts of Vitamin A are necessary for the synthesis of vitamin D and also helps to keep your skin clear.
Sweet potatoes served cold are a good way to have resistant starch. According to Paul Jaminet resistant starch is gut healthy because gut bacteria converts it to butyrate. Butyrate is one of those beneficial short chain fatty acids. Some think it aids in the prevention of cancer and improves metabolism (see here).
Finally, sweet potatoes are a versatile staple to add to your diet. You can boil them and mash it with coconut milk, bake it and sprinkle on some cinnamon, or add it to a soup or salad. Get a sweet potato in your meal today!