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Sweet potato: Experts weigh in on health benefits, nutrition facts, and more

Microsoft Start Health logo Microsoft Start Health 3 days ago Faith Seke, PhD, Agronomy and Crop Science (ongoing)/Master's degree, Food Science and Technology/Bachelor's degree in food science and nutrition honor's degree and Julia Rocha, Bachelor in Nutrition
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Perspective from Faith Seke

Benefits

  • Sweet potatoes are effective in preventing vitamin A deficiency. They contain high levels of beta-carotene, which is transformed into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A helps in fighting infections in the body.
  • Sweet potatoes help in managing diabetes. They are considered to be low glycemic food, which means they release sugar into the bloodstream slowly, which aids in controlling the blood sugar levels in the body.
  • Sweet potatoes help in stress management, they contain significant amounts of magnesium which assists in reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Sweet potatoes contain a vast amount of vitamins which have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. They contain choline which helps in reducing inflammatory responses in the body.

Possible Side Effects

  • There are no severe health problems that are associated with consuming sweet potatoes, however since they are rich in vitamin A excessive uptake of sweet potatoes may lead to a little discoloration of the skin and nails to a little orange.

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Perspective from Julia Rocha

Benefits

  • Sweet potatoes, especially orange ones, have excellent amounts of beta-carotenes, which are converted in the body into vitamin A. As they are also a plant rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that protects the body's cells against inflammation and free radicals, sweet potatoes promote firmer and wrinkle-free skin.
  • Sweet potatoes are rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre, especially when consumed cooked and with the skin, so they help to form fecal clumps and stimulate bowel movements, combating constipation. In addition to working as a natural prebiotic, it is a source of food for the beneficial bacteria in the intestine, helping to balance the intestinal flora, treating and preventing constipation.
  • Despite having good amounts of carbohydrates, sweet potatoes are also high in fiber, which causes them to end up having a low glycemic index. This means that it helps to slow down the absorption of sugar after meals, preventing blood glucose spikes. This property of sweety potato is essential to prevent diabetes, but it can also be recommended, in small amounts, for those who already have the disease.

Possible Side Effects

  • The symptoms of a sweet potato allergy range from mild to serious, they can affect the skin, respiratory system and digestive tract, it can also trigger a fatal reaction called anaphylaxis. It is important to pay attention to how you feel after consuming foods other than those you are used to and, if necessary, seek medical attention.

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This is for information purpose only, and should not be considered as a substitute for medical expertise. These are opinions from an external panel of individual doctors, and not to be considered as opinion of Microsoft. Please seek professional help regarding any health conditions or concerns.

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