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5 Benefits of Sweet Potatoes, There are Same Nutrients as Carrots

Jakarta – Sweet potato or what we usually call sweet potato is an alternative to Indonesian staple food besides rice and corn. Sweet potatoes are usually processed by steaming, boiling, or frying. The seasoning is sprinkled with salt to taste.

For sweet potato lovers, you will be even more excited when you eat it if you know what nutrients and benefits are. Here are the benefits of sweet potatoes besides making them full and delicious on the tongue, as quoted from the Sehatq page:

1. Maintain eye health
Sweet potatoes contain beta carotene which is also contained in carrots. Beta carotene gives orange color while maintaining eye health. The body converts beta carotene into vitamin A and is useful for forming light-detecting receptors in the eye. Not only for eye health, vitamin A also helps maintain endurance and prevents inflammation of the digestive system.

2. Overcoming free radicals
Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Antioxidants function to overcome the effects of free radicals in the body.

3. Helps the digestive system
Sweet potatoes contain fiber which helps digestion work. Some even feel the benefits of sweet potatoes by often passing wind and making the stomach relieved. Sweet potatoes are thought to help prevent colorectal cancer or a type of cancer that grows in the colon. It’s just that, further research is needed for this potential.

4. Prevent high blood pressure
The content of potassium or often called potassium in sweet potatoes helps prevent high blood pressure. Research shows that consuming foods rich in potassium is associated with a reduced risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

5. Anti-inflammatory and helps absorb fat
Sweet potatoes contain choline which is an anti-inflammatory compound or reduces inflammation. Choline also helps with fat absorption and muscle movement.

What needs to be considered before consuming sweet potatoes is the process of processing them and their consumption levels. Keep in mind that the sweetness of sweet potatoes comes from a high enough sugar and carbohydrate content.

Therefore, it is important to process sweet potatoes properly so as not to add substances that are detrimental to the body. Process sweet potatoes by steaming and boiling. Sweet potatoes fried in abundant oil or adding other ingredients, such as flour and sugar can increase the glycemic index and trigger an increase in blood sugar levels. (Source.tempo.co)

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