8 ways sweet potatoes are great for you
IPNot all sweet potatoes are orange. Their skins and insides can be white, yellow, brown, red, pink, and purple. The range of color brings different nutrients to the table. Purple-fleshed sweet potatoes are thought to contain superhigh levels of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents. As these substances pass through your system, they balance out free radicals -- chemicals that harm your cells.
Just one medium baked sweet potato can give your body a whopping 400% of the vitamin A it needs to keep your eyes and skin healthy and help hold off illness. Deep-orange sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant thought to fend off illness. This might include certain cancers as well as eye disease.
The way you cook your sweet potatoes can make a big difference in the nutrition you’ll get from the dish. One study measured how many carotenoids, like betacarotene, stayed in the food afterward. The simplest method, oven baking, turned out to be the best.
Scientists found these colorful spuds have a unique protein called a protease inhibitor. When tested against cancer cells, it appeared to halt some growth. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin C, which revs up your immune system. High potas- f you think mental ill health is a million kilometres from, think again.
At least one in every five Nigerian adult has a health problem that isn’t physical or social but mental.
It could even be that you didn’t sleep well last night, but that doesn’t mean you are mad, says Dr Frank Odafen, national president of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN).
Mental health problems cost Nigeria nearly N1b each year in lost manhours.
“If you are not working and you compute it, very many people are receiving salaries without the work being done,” he said at a press briefing to mark World Mental Health Day in Abuja.
It isn’t just Nigeria. Globally, “an estimated sium levels help control blood pressure, while calcium bolsters your bones. White potatoes, the ones you normally eat baked or as chips, rank high on the glycemic index, which measures how quickly food affects your blood sugar. 10% of the employed population has taken time off work for depression, and an average of 36 work days are lost when a worker gets depressed,” says World Health Organisation regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti.
“Symptoms such as difficulties in concentrating and making decisions cause significant impairment in productivity at work.”
Half of all people with depression don’t get treatment. In Africa, lack of information, stigma and cultural issues are significant Sweet potatoes rate lower. They also have more fiber -- about 5 grams in a 3/4 cup serving -which slows digestion and keeps you feeling fuller longer.
If you’re trying to trim down, they’re stuffed with filling fiber. For a satisfying meal, bake them in the skin. Or barriers that prevent people from seeking help.
“Although equal opportunity laws for people with disability in the workplace exist in many countries, mental illness is associated with the greatest disadvantage in terms of employment rates,” says Moeti.
“Social acceptance of people with mental health illnesses has not improved much in the last 20 years.”
One-man businesses have it as easy as anyone else.
“You know when you are not happy. Lock serve them on the side, mashed, roasted, or chopped into a savory stew. White potatoes have their assets -- both tater types are fat-free -- but the sweet ones have slightly fewer calories and carbs. up your shop and go see your doctor,” says Odafen.
But mental health problems come with dealing with ‘shyness and perceptions”.
“Mental, physical and social health are one and the same,” says Odafen.
And that lies at the heart of mental health in the workplace-to get employers to understand their employees’ mental health impacts on the bottomlinel
AGPMPN is looking to have employers of labour set up clinics where employees can get mental health attention as they would any physical infirmity.
Employees would also be required to lend listening ears, same as workers would be willing to speak up about mental health issues, if it affects their productivity.
It will be an “environment to detoxify, to give them enabling environment to function most optimally,” said Odafen.
“When our society comes to terms that mental health is a fact of life, not related to the esoteric, then things will be easy,” said Odafen.
“For self preservation, the onus lies on employers to ensue total wellbeing of employees is guaranteed.”