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Prevent Diabetes, Kidney Cancer & More! Eat Sweet Potatoes!
The Hidden Power of the Sweet Potato
Think sweet potatoes and think Thanksgiving! Sweet potatoes wrapped in brown sugar and maple syrup and butter... YUM! No wonder we only eat them once a year.
But the facts are these: Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins like A, C, manganese and potassium. They're also loaded with beta carotene and have antioxidant properties. They are good for us!
Sweet Potatoes Aren't Potatoes!
Brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus, sweet potatoes aren't potatoes, but belong to a variety of flowering plant. According to Life Extension Foundation, there are over 400 varieties, the most common being the yam. There's even a white sweet potato.
What the Sweet Potato Can Do for YOU!
Researchers have found that sweet potatoes are more important to our good health than those regular old, white potatoes that we consume on a regular basis. That's because the sweet potato has high beta carotene content and antioxidants which can guard against infection, diabetes, inflammation, and even cancer.
Researchers have also found that beta carotene can help increase cognitive abilities in men. And now sweet potato consumption has been linked to a decrease in kidney cancer, since Asian cultures, which eat large quantities of sweet potatoes, suffer a low incidence of the disease.
CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.