Health Highlight: Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an excellent alternative to starchy white potatoes. Sweet potatoes are actually higher in fiber and lower in calories as well as much more flavorful. Most importantly, they contain a high source of beta carotene and vitamin C, both of these nutrients have anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce symptoms of arthritis, unlike the white potatoes which can actually aggravate arthritic symptoms.
Recent studies also show sweet potatoes can regulate blood sugar levels making them great for diabetics. When buying and shopping for sweet potatoes, you’ll want to avoid the ones in the refrigerated section as the moisture can cause them to sprout so do no place them in the refrigerator right away, simply keep them in a cool dark area.
Preparing sweet potatoes is very easy, you can chop them up into cubes, steam them, or mash them up and add toppings such as butter, chopped nuts, shredded coconut or even cinnamon. So give your taste buds a treat while incorporating a healthy alternative to standard potatoes and pick up some sweet potatoes and enjoy!