Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fiber as other types of potatoes. Contributing close to 7 grams of fiber per serving. The high fiber content gives them a “slow burning” quality. This basically means their caloric energy is used more slowly and efficiently than a low-fiber carbohydrates.
They contain a large amount of vitamin B6. This vitamin is crucial in breaking down a substance called homocysteine, which contributes to hardening of the arteries and blood vessels. Vitamin B6 helps keep the walls of these important blood passageways flexible and healthy which allows blood to flow freely.
In addition, sweet potatoes contain high amounts of potassium. Potassium plays an important role in lowering blood pressure by removing excess sodium and regulating fluid balance. It is also an important electrolyte that helps regulate the natural rhythm of the heart, and maintains normal function of the brain and central nervous system.
Loaded With Vitamin A
One medium sweet potato provides your body with the complete recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and then some. Vitamin A is useful in the prevention of several different types of cancer as it is one of the most potent antioxidants out there.
Rich In Manganese
Manganese is a trace mineral that has some great health benefits. It is a critical component in the metabolism of carbohydrates which helps support healthy blood sugar levels. This can help stabilize the appetite for hours as opposed to the temporary feeling that comes with most other carbohydrates.
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Crunchy sweet potato chips dusted with a sprinkling of sea salt make a high antioxidant and filling snack that goes well with a sandwich or just as an afternoon snack. Better for you than traditional potato chips, you’ll love these!
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them as thin as possible using a mandolin. Lay on parchment lined baking sheets in an even layer. Drizzle with the coconut oil, and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake until edges are crisp, stirring once, about 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving.
- Calories 98
- Calories from Fat 42
- Total Fat 4.6g
- Saturated Fat 3.9g
- Cholesterol 0mg
- Sodium 161mg
- Total Carbohydrates 13.9g
- Dietary Fiber 2.0g
- Protein 0.8g