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Getting to Know Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be quite a treat. An Asian specialty, garlic mashed potatoes are often eaten as a snack. They’re available on roadsides, in charming little vehicle stalls and shacks. You can also enjoy a plateful of sweet potatoes sautéed with caramelised onions, if ever you’re travelling through Vietnam. They are also available simply grilled in many countries.

Sweet Potatoes

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Try them roasted, puréed, steamed, baked, or grilled. You can even add them to soups, or place on top of leafy greens for a delicious salad. Another fun form of eating sweet potatoes is grilling them with onions and red peppers for sandwiches or wraps.

Apart from their wide use in Asian cuisine, sweet potatoes have a multitude of health benefits. Getting to know sweet potatoes their nutritional content is interesting. Here are some of their claimed benefits:


They are high in Vitamins B6 and C, thereby helping reduce those chemicals in our body which are linked with degenerative diseases like heart attacks. They also help ward of cold and flu viruses.

Skin Treatment

Sweet potatoes help maintain your skin. It also helps you cope with stress, offering protection against toxins that are often linked to cancer.


Sweet potatoes contain iron, which are a great source of energy. Greater iron content helps metabolising proteins which in turn help maintain a healthy body weight.


Sweet potatoes contain a lot of magnesium, which helps with relaxation. It is also necessary for healthy arteries, and ridding the blood of impurities.

Natural Sugars

These veggies are naturally sweet-tasting. Their natural sugars are released into the bloodstream, ensuring a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.

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