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You already know that sweet potatoes are delicious, filling, and versatile, but did you know that they are one of the healthiest foods on earth? It's tue! Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates and loaded with nutrients.

Fiber

Sweet potatoes are high in insoluble dietary fiber, a wonderful nutrient that improves your digestion and keeps your body running smoothly. Fiber slow digestion, making you feel fuller longer, and helps push everything in its path through your system. This process clears out some fat with it, lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol at the same time.

Sweet Potato Nutrients

Beta carotene (vitamin A) are antioxidants that make vegetables orange in color. Pumpkins, some squash, and carrots also have beta carotenes. Beta carotenes help bones develop, prevent reproductive system disorders, and improve eye health. Although it is a myth that eating a lot of beta carotene-rich carrots will make your eyes super-sharp, it will help prevent an eye disease called xerophthalmia that dries out the eyes and can result in blindness or even death.

Other nutrients include vitamin B6 and vitamin C; fiber, thiamine, niacin, potassium and copper. Sweet Potatoes are also a good source of protein, calcium, and vitamin E. If that sounds like a long list, it is.

Calories

Best of all, a whole medium sized sweet potato, packed with all that tasty goodness, is only about 130 calories. The best way to get the maximum sweet potato diet and nutrition benefit is to eat it steamed or baked and plain, without the added calories and fat from butter, and to eat the potato skin as well. If you want to punch up the flavor a little and it needs creamy moisture, add a little non-fat plain yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon...plus nutmeg or pumpkin spice if you like.

The bottom line is that Georgia sweet potatoes are as good for you as they are tasty. They are a great addition to any diet, and fall low on the glycemic index scale, which means they are a high-quality carbohydrate source that's even good for diabetics.

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