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Start on Sweet Potatoes for Your Health

By Brandi Goodman

Potatoes are a commonly enjoyed food. Mashed, baked, fried, and more versions make the vegetable available for anyone to enjoy. They aren't quite as healthy as other options, though. The starchy carbohydrates can cause a blood sugar dip.  Start on sweet potatoes instead and better your health.

They Provide Antioxidant Properties

Antioxidants are necessary for eliminating harmful toxins in the body and keeping the cells healthy. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of antioxidants due to the vitamins they provide. If you're looking to boost your immune system and improve your well-being, sweet potatoes will be your friend.

They're Loaded With Vitamins

If you're looking to boost your vitamin intake -- be it for antioxidant properties or other purposes -- sweet potatoes should be on your menu. They offer numerous vitamins beneficial to your health. Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin B are all present in the vegetable.

They're as Their Name Suggests

Sweet potatoes are aptly named. Bite into a cooked potato and you won't experience much flavor. Bite into a sweet potato and you'll receive a mouthful of sweetness. People are less likely to add butter and other ingredients to sweet potatoes, keeping their calorie and fat content the same. White potatoes are more likely to be covered in other ingredients to help enhance the flavor.

They're Filling

With plenty of fiber, protein, and vitamins, sweet potatoes are incredibly filling. Eat just one and you may find yourself feeling full and without need for any other nourishment for a while. A sweet potato is a great option for a lunch or to pair with a lean meat for dinner. You should be full and satisfied after eating. You can even sprinkle a little cinnamon on your sweet vegetable and enjoy it as a snack. It's great baked.

They Offer Manganese and Magnesium

Two powerful nutrients found in sweet potatoes are manganese and magnesium. The first aids in vitamin absorption, which is ideal since this potato version offers so many. It also aids in bone health and metabolism. Magnesium is beneficial for blood sugar levels and blood pressure, working to keep them low and you feeling relaxed.

Enjoy sweet potatoes often and experience the benefits. Make them your favorite way -- be it sweet potato fries, a mashed version, or otherwise. The vegetable provides plenty of nutrition and can fulfill your hunger well.

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

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