Sweet potatoes were originated in Central America or South America. In Central America is originated around 5000 years ago. In South America, it was originated domesticated 8000 years ago. It is used widely in India as a fasting food because of its fibre dense composition. This is the reason why dieticians recommend it in the weight loss diet. In certain parts of the English-speaking world, sweet potatoes are locally known by other names, including yam and kumara.
Advantages of sweet potatoes
⦁ RICH IN VITAMIN B6: It helps in reducing the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. This chemical is been linked with degenerative diseases, including heart attacks.
⦁ GOOD SOURCE OF VITAMIN C : Vitamin C is important to help reduce cold and flu viruses, few people are aware that this vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, blood cell formation and digestion. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s elasticity, and is essential to helping us cope with stress. It even appears to help protect our body from toxins that may be linked to cancer.
⦁ CONTAINS IRON: We need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron have other major roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune functioning, and the metabolism of protein.
⦁ SOURCE OF POTASSIUM: Potassium is one of the important mineral that help regulate heartbeat and nerve signals. Potassium performs many essential functions, including relaxing muscle contractions, reduces swelling, and protects and controls the activity of the kidneys.
⦁ RICH IN VITAMIN D: This vitamin D is important for immune system and overall health. Vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting enough sunlight. Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth.
⦁ GOOD SOURCE OF MAGNESIUM: It is required for healthy artery, bone, heart, muscle, bone and nerve function.
⦁ DO NOT CAUSE SUGAR SKIPES: Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are released slowly into the bloodstream, which helps in balancing regular source of energy.
⦁ ANTI –CANCER AND ANTI-AGING: Its rich orange colour indicates that they are high in beta carotene and other carotenoids, which is the equivalent to vitamin A in your body. It helps strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are powerful antioxidants that help avoids cancer and protect against the effects of aging.