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February Is for Sweet Potatoes

By Brandi Goodman

Sweet potatoes are said to be a more beneficial spud than white potatoes. The orangish hue packs more antioxidants and provides vitamins and minerals necessary to fight off illness and prevent certain cancers. National Sweet Potato Month is in February for a reason. The sweet food makes a sweet addition to your Valentine's menu and should be kept in your weekly meal plan for all time.

Sweet Potatoes are Satisfying

You want to feel satisfied after a meal. Your belly should be full, but not bursting. Fiber and protein are necessary for this effect. Sweet potatoes provide plenty of both. Just one cup of cubed sweet potatoes provides more than 2 grams of protein. The same amount of the vegetable also offers 4 grams of fiber. Eat a sweet potato as a snack with a bit of sprinkled cinnamon and you're bound to be left feeling full and satisfied until your next meal.

Sweet Potatoes Stick It to Cancer

The antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and more nutrients found in sweet potatoes work together to fight cancer. It makes it the perfect food to eat during February when the month is also in observance of National Cancer Prevention. Find purple sweet potatoes in the produce aisle and you'll be even more likely to experience this benefit. The more colorful fruits and vegetables are typically the ones with higher antioxidant levels that are best able to fight illness and keep toxins out of your system. 

Sweet Potatoes Support Your Systems

Your digestive system, immune system, and nervous system are all supported by sweet potatoes. The vitamins and minerals provided by this vegetable have a great impact on each. The fiber content and Vitamin A work well to help the digestive system along. The antioxidants and Vitamin C are beneficial for the immune system. Your nervous system gets boosted by the anthocyanins and vitamins found in sweet potatoes as well as they work to improve brain function and reduce inflammation.

How to Enjoy Them

Sweet potatoes can be enjoyed in all the same ways as regular potatoes. One of the healthiest methods is to simply bake them and enjoy the full vegetable -- skin and all. You'll receive the most antioxidants and vitamins in this form. You can also dice them up, slice them, mash them, turn them into fries, and so much more. You can even use them as substitutes in your baking at times to help sweeten the dish with added health benefits.

Enjoy more sweet potatoes in your diet and uncover all the great benefits this vegetable brings. They make an excellent addition to any meal or the perfect standalone snack. The protein and fiber will help you fill you up quickly. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Orange, Calif.

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