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Sweet Potato Pie Recipe and its Health Benefits

Updated on February 23, 2017

Sweet Potatoes Health Benefits

The skin of the sweet potato ranges in color from white to yellow, orange, or orange-red. Sweet potatoes can be cooked in a pot of boiling water just as regular white russet potatoes. It is the ‘soft’ varieties that are called "yams" in the United States. Orange-skinned sweet potatoes have a high source of beta-carotene. And they are full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and blood sugar-regulating nutrients. In Africa, sweet potatoes have been shown to be a highly effective way of providing school age children with daily vitamin A. There are more sweet potatoes health benefits listed in the article.

Vitamin A

Sweet potatoes contain fibrinogen, one of the key glycoproteins in the body that is required for successful blood clotting. Proper amounts of fibrinogen, is a key part of the body's health and its ability to heal wounds faster. The sweet potato is beneficial for diabetic patients. They are amazingly effective in regulating blood sugar levels by helping proper secretion and function of insulin. Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is a fat-soluble vitamin that is only in animal foods. Vitamin A, when converted into the retinal (retinaldehyde) form, is necessary for healthy vision for your eyes. The antioxidants of vitamin A fights free radicals that can harm the skin through oxidative stress. Eating sweet potatoes can assist the skin with maintaining proper moisture retention, a youthful appearance, and protects skin from common dryness.

Sweet Potatoes Health Benefits - Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Sweet Potatoes Health Benefits - Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Beta Carotene

Beta carotene benefits include high anti-aging properties. The best food sources of beta carotene are:

  • Lettuce
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Cooked carrots
  • Carrot juice
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cantaloupe

Beta carotene intake reduces risks of many cancers, heart problems, premature aging, cataracts and other illnesses. Research proves that 'Beta carotene supplements' taken daily will help increase white blood cells that are low in AIDS patients.
Low Beta-Carotene levels are associated with the development of lupus. Research also shows that beta carotene can reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men. Now we know all the vitamin benefits of eating sweet potatoes. Remember, sweet potatoes aren't just a tasty dessert but it is a very healthy food.

Beta Carotene Sweet Pototoes
Beta Carotene Sweet Pototoes

Watch this video - The Importance of Beta Carotene

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

  • 4 Eggs
  • 4 large Sweet potatoes
  • 1 stick of Butter melted, (Dairy Creamer or Land O' Lakes)
  • 1 cup of brown Sugar (4-5 ounces)
  • 1 ounce Almond milk
  • 1 ½teaspoons of Nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of Vanilla
  • ½ cup of Wheat flour (1-2 ounces)

Boil the sweet potatoes with the skin on them until they are very soft. Peel off the skin. Then mash the sweet potatoes in a large bowl with a 'potato smasher' or a fork. First, mix the sugars, butter and eggs, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and the 'Carnation Milk' in a separate bowl. Finally, add the sweet potatoes, and 1/2 cup of wheat flour; mix all the ingredients together; mix well. Add the mixed sweet potato filling into a 'pie crust pan.' (Flour pie crusts can be bought for about $1.00 for 2 pans). Leave the pie or pies into the oven for about 40-45 minutes or until the pie is firm. Cook in an oven of 350 degrees, or when done. Use 9 inch pie premade crust pans. Sweet potato filling can make up to 4 or more pies. And there you have it; delicious sweet potato pie.

Sweet potato pies can be made for Christmas holidays, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Easter, New Years, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Halloween, and even for Sunday afternoon Dinners.

Also you can use whipped cream as a topping or marshmallows on the sweet potato pie, with a side order of vanilla ice cream.

Sweet Potatoes Health Benefits
Sweet Potatoes Health Benefits

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      Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi RTalloni, I just recently taught my daugter to make sweet potato pies for Thanksgiving holiday.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Now I know why I love sweet potatoes so much! :) Great overview of an important food.

      I did not know that info on lupus--thanks!

      I just last week learned that the secret to the best pumpkin pie is to bake and mash a small sweet potato into the filling mix.

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Your welcome Ubani, Thanks for visiting.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      You ve enlightened me today. I didn't know all these could be found in a sweet potato. When i was small i loved fried sweet potatoes. Thanks for this info. Be blessed

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi 2besure,

      Thank you for your comment.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I learned something new about sweet potato pie. It is my favorite.

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Mulberry1,

      Yes delish, thanks for commenting.

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      mulberry1 6 years ago

      mmmm, sounds good. Maybe I will try Sweet Potato pie instead of pumpkin pie in the autumn.

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Slmorgan,

      Thanks for the comment. I will be reading your hubs as well.

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      slmorgan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Yumm...I love sweet potato pie / it's good for you as well. I usually make it around the holidays. Your photo makes me want to make it soon. I think I will. Thanks.