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Sweet potatoes are full of nutrients and high in fibre

7/31/2014 10:25:58 AM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

There’s nothing fancy about sweet potaoes. It is still perceived to be a humble tube vegetable that is mainly eaten by people who are involved in heavy physical work, very agrarian and rural. But unlike potatoes, it has not gone into the negative books of fad nutritionists.

So while it is usually eaten by elites, grilled under coals at a fancy barbeque party, most of the time, people in the metros do not pay much attention to this root vegetable.

However recent studies have shown that the sweet potato is rich in fibre, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals and are especially good for cardiovascular health.

The sweet potato was originally found in Central and South Africa, but it was domesticated more than 5,000 years ago. Since then, it has been cultivated quite extensively in tropical and warm temperate climates. Easy to grow, the tuberous root features oblong/elongated shape with tapering ends and has smooth outer skin whose colour ranges from red, purple, brown, and white, depending up on the variety.

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