Sweet potatoes are an excellent and inexpensive staple to have on hand. These deep orange-fleshed nutritional powerhouses add several important components to the diet. Their health and weight management benefits far exceed the nutritional value found in ordinary white and yellow fleshed potatoes.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, Sweet potato is unique among comfort foods for its Kapha pacifying lightness. This tuber is beneficial even for those with heavy digestive symptoms. Unlike dairy products, potatoes, and other common comfort foods like pasta, sweet potatoes feel light in the stomach, while still being nourishing. Sweet potato is supportive for digestion and contains ample fiber to encourage good elimination. Besides simple starches, sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, which means these roots can satisfy the appetite for long stretches. Despite the name “sweet,” it may be a beneficial food for diabetics as preliminary studies revealed it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Sweet potato is rich in beta-carotene, a Pitta pacifying precursor to vitamin A. Vitamin A is an antioxidant powerhouse, and is linked to anti-aging benefits, cancer prevention and the maintenance of good eyesight. Sweet potatoes are diuretic and can provoke people with Vata symptoms of dryness.
Sweet potatoes are also high in Potassium, vitamin B5, B6, thiamin, niacin and riboflavin. Sweet potatoes are beneficial for heart health, stress management, controlling blood sugar, maintaining energy, improving immunity, have anti-inflammatory properties, maintain good digestion, skin, hair and prevention of cancer.
Note: We advise that natural products be consumed in their pristine form, without any preservatives or processing chemicals, unless a preparation is advised by an Ayurvedic doctor.
It gives maximum health benefits and keeps costs low (compared to the huge medical costs due to modern diseases.)
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