Nu­tri­ent pow­er­house – purple sweet potato

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY MIND & SOUL - WELLNESS -

PURPLE sweet pota­toes are an ex­cel­lent source of fi­bre, vi­ta­mins and min­er­als.

Packed with an­tiox­i­dants, this bold- coloured veg­etable root is said to lower blood pres­sure, reg­u­late blood su­gar and boost im­mu­nity, among other claims.

This veg­etable root has the high­est an­tiox­i­dant con­tent com­pared to its lighter coloured sib­lings — the white, or­ange or yel­low sweet pota­toes.

It con­tains an­tho­cyanin, a flavonoid pig­ment that gives its dis­tinc­tive colour.

It even con­tains higher an­tiox­i­dant lev­els com­pared to su­perfoods such as blue­ber­ries.

There are those who are con­cerned with blood su­gar lev­els when come to purple sweet pota­toes as it is starchy and has a medium GI ( Gly­caemic In­dex) rat­ing.

Yet it helps reg­u­late blood su­gar, due to its high fi­bre con­tent that helps steady the pace of di­ges­tion for slower su­gar re­lease.

Re­cent re­search also shows that sweet pota­toes help in­crease adiponectin in per­sons with Type 2 di­a­betes.

Adiponectin is an im­por­tant com­po­nent in mon­i­tor­ing in­sulin me­tab­o­lism and sen­si­tiv­ity.

This is an as­sur­ance to any­one who loves sweet pota­toes but is con­cerned about blood su­gar lev­els.

It is an im­por­tant item to in­cor­po­rate into a fam­ily’s diet.

Mean­while, whole grains present an­other good way to achieve daily nu­tri­tional re­quire­ments.

Re­search shows that con­sum­ing whole grain is said to re­duce one’s risk to cer­tain dis­eases or med­i­cal con­di­tions.

The Malaysian Di­etary Guide­lines rec­om­mends the pub­lic to con­sume at least four serv­ings of ce­real foods daily – at least half the grain prod­ucts from whole grains and ce­real prod­ucts that are high in fi­bre, low in fat, su­gar and salt NH Nu­tri Grains has all those. NH Nu­tri Grains is a whole­some health drink made from 20 nu­tri­ent- rich grains, purple sweet pota­toes and sol­u­ble fi­bres, in­clud­ing FiberSol- 2 and Inulin.

This in­stant bev­er­age con­tains grains that are packed with pro­tein, di­etary fi­bre, vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and phy­tonu­tri­ents for main­tain­ing a ro­bust health.

Choos­ing the right in­gre­di­ents is vi­tal for health, yet equally im­por­tant is the pro­cess­ing method.

The grains in NH Nu­tri Grains are pro­duced us­ing an ex­tru­sion process that im­proves the taste, while min­imis­ing nu­tri­ent loss, im­prov­ing di­gestibil­ity and en­hanc­ing nu­tri­ent ab­sorp­tion by the body.

It ful­fils one’s daily nu­tri­ent re­quire­ments eas­ily – sim­ply mix two scoops of NH Nu­tri Grains pow­der with cold or hot wa­ter and en­joy it daily.

Kids love NH Nu­tri Grains’ rich, flavour­ful taste, and gain ben­e­fits such as en­hanced mem­ory, im­por­tant nu­tri­ents for healthy growth and feel­ing en­er­gised through­out their day.

The aroma of healthy grains mi­nus the icky taste also makes adults and the el­derly en­joy this bev­er­age.

For this age group, the in­gre­di­ents are said to help pre­vent cer­tain men­tal con­di­tions and dis­eases; it claims to re­duce the risk of heart disease or di­a­betes and pro­mote di­ges­tive health and bowel reg­u­lar­ity, among oth­ers.

NH Nu­tri Grains taps into the good­ness of grains and purple sweet pota­toes, to present the per­fect fam­ily- friendly drink to help you ful­fil your rec­om­mended in­take of nu­tri­ents. NH Nu­tri Grains re­tails at RM78 ( in­tro­duc­tory price) for a 1kg tin.

The drink is avail­able at all Wat­sons out­lets and se­lected in­de­pen­dent phar­ma­cies.

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