Sweet Pota­toes

Better Nutrition - - HEALTHY DISH -

Back when I spent more hours in the gym than I want to think about, I used to bake a week’s worth of sweet pota­toes, wrap them, put them in the fridge, and take them with me for a snack.

And for good rea­son. A medium- size baked sweet potato has only 103 calo­ries, and is high in fiber, half of which is sol­u­ble, pro­vid­ing fuel for your gut. Sweet pota­toes are also a rich source beta- carotene, vi­ta­min A, and hearthealthy potas­sium, and they even have a dol­lop of cal­cium. An ar­ti­cle in the Jour­nal of Agri­cul­ture and Food Chem­istry found that an ex­tract from a baked sweet potato has cancer- fight­ing prop­er­ties.

Sweet pota­toes con­tain other phy­to­chem­i­cals such as quercetin, a pow­er­ful anti- in­flam­ma­tory, and chloro­genic acid, an an­tiox­i­dant. And don’t for­get to eat the skin. It’s the best part, and it

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