Sweet potato is a starch-rich tuber that is grown throughout tropical and warm temperate regions. The tuberous root has oblong or elongated shape with tapering ends and has smooth outer skin of purple or brown colour.
Sweet potato, not only is just sweet to your taste buds but also good for your cardiovascular health. This starchy root vegetable is rich source of flavonoid anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber that are essential for optimal health.
Sweet potato is a delicious ingredient and at the same time a great source of essential vitamins and minerals.
Sweet potato contains no saturated fats or cholesterol and is rich source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Its calorie content mainly comes from starch, a complex carbohydrate. Sweet potato has higher amylose to the amylopectin ratio than potato. Amylose raises the blood sugar levels slowly on comparison to simple sugars and therefore, recommended as a healthy food supplement even in diabetes.
The tuber is an excellent source of flavonoid phenolic compounds such as beta-carotene and vitamin A. They are packed with many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin. Sweet potato provides a good amount of vital minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium that are very essential for enzyme, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism.