Eat This Not That: Sweet Potatoes

Whole and Sliced Sweet Potatoes

It’s hard to imagine a thanksgiving dinner without a dish of sweet potato casserole on the menu. While you might think that the brown sugar inside the dish and the marshmallows dotting the top makes this dish unhealthy, you might change your mind when you learn about the link between pain reduction and sweet potatoes. Recent studies found that sweet potatoes have a number of benefits to your health and may reduce your pain too.

Sweet Potatoes and Pain
Sweet potatoes are high in a number of healthy nutrients that can reduce inflammation, including magnesium and beta carotene. The root vegetable is also high in Vitamin C, which can also fight inflammation. Unlike other vegetables that only assist with external swelling, this vegetable can fight both internal swelling and external swelling that causes pain.

Other Health Benefits
Some studies found that eating sweet potatoes can reduce your risk of developing certain medical conditions, including bronchitis, asthma, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Adding more sweet potatoes to your diet may also help you regulate and lower the symptoms of certain diseases that you experience. Research indicates that diabetics who ate large quantities of sweet potatoes did a better job of regulating their blood sugar levels than those who ate other vegetables.

Adding Sweet Potatoes to Your Diet
Adding sweet potatoes to your diet is easier than you might think. Instead of making baked potatoes for dinner, try making baked sweet potatoes. Poke a few holes in the potato, place it in the microwave and cook on high for 10 to 15 minutes. If you have a slow cooker, wash and dry each potato. Poke a few holes in the top, wrap in aluminum foil and add to the slow cooker. Pour one inch of water in the bottom and cook on low throughout the day. You can also bake the potatoes in the oven or cook and mash with a little vegetable stock and butter. No matter how you cook them, the sweet potatoes can help you fight pain and inflammation and improve your health.

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