SWEET POTATO , also known as sweet potato, is a plant of the Convolvulaceae family, whose roots are edible. Its Latin name is Ipomoea batatas. Sweet potato is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, which makes it a valuable component of a healthy diet.
Sweet potato has many health benefits, such as:
- Rich in fiber, which helps in maintaining the proper functioning of the intestines. Can contribute to weight loss through a feeling of satiety.
- High content of vitamins such as vitamin A, C, B6 and B5. Which have an effect on vision, immunity, nervous system and energy production.
- It contains minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium. Which are essential for the proper functioning of muscles, nerves and bones.
- A low glycemic index (GI), which means that it does not cause blood sugar levels to skyrocket. Which is beneficial for people with diabetes or those who are trying to control their weight.
- It provides antioxidants such as anthocyanins, which can protect against cell damage caused by free radicals.
Dosage: Sweet potato can be eaten in many ways – baked, boiled, stewed or even raw. Dosage depends on individual nutritional needs and health goals. For example, an adult can eat one medium sweet potato (about 130 g) as a portion of vegetables. However, it is worth consulting a doctor or nutritionist for individual recommendations on the amount of sweet potatoes in the diet.