Six Sweet Potato Facts, And A Secret (Shhhh...)

One potato, two potato, three potato, four... One of my fondest memories of college was a 10 pound bag of potatoes I bought at the supermarket for $1.00. They were russets, and I would eat them baked, nuked, sautéed with garlic and rosemary... but I was never really into French fries (go figure). Sautéed with garlic and rosemary, was my favorite, and that's what I did to these sweet potatoes! These leftovers were sautéed in olive oil and sprinkled with all kinds of herbs and garlic. There weren't many left so I threw them in a mess of a salad (the only way to roll).

Here's a handful of what I think are interesting facts about sweet potatoes.

  1. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
  2. They are a starchy complex carbohydrate, and they are lower glycemic compared to a white potato. That means they don't spike your blood sugar as much, which is especially important if you have diabetes, or problems regulating your blood sugar levels.
  3. Sweet potatoes are a great source of flavonoid compounds, which are powerful antioxidants, including beta-carotene and vitamin A. Beta-carotene can be converted to vitamin A in the body. In addition to being an antioxidant, vitamin A is important for vision, skin, and mucosal integrity.
  4. They contain B complex vitamins which are important as cofactors for enzymes involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and for the synthesis of neurotransmitters.
  5. There are a variety of important minerals contained in sweet potatoes too including iron (production of red blood cells), calcium (bone health), magnesium (enzyme cofactor for more than 300 different enzymes), manganese (cofactor for antioxidant enzymes), and potassium (heart rate and blood pressure regulation).
  6. The top greens of sweet potatoes are super nutritious too and contain vitamin C (water soluble antioxidant vitamin, collagen production), vitamin K (bones, blood clotting), folate (B vitamin that participates in one carbon metabolism and is important for methylation), potassium, and iron.

And the secret... sprinkle cinnamon (which has antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties on its own) on a sweet potato and call it dessert, it's delicious. I'm not gonna lie, I'll also melt some grass fed butter on top.

Questions? I'm here to answer them!