What Are the Benefits of Sweet Potatoes?

This time of year, we see more and more sweet potatoes showing up in recipes, restaurants and blogs.  While they are available year round, sweet potatoes are technically in season during late fall and have become a staple of cooler days.  Whether you’re roasting them with a touch of sweet spice, like nutmeg, baking them with a sprinkle of salt for a more nutritious alternative to traditional French fries, mashing them for a sweet and “creamy” side or going wild with a sweet potato risotto or ravioli at your favorite restaurant, these vegetables can be a healthy addition to your diet for several reasons.

  • Fiber – Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber.  Most Americans fall short of daily fiber recommendations, so adding more fiber-rich veggies like sweet potatoes to your diet can help you meet those goals.  Try this Sweet Potato and Bean Chili Recipe.
  • Vitamins A and C – Sweet potatoes are high in both of these essential vitamins, making them a good choice not just for healthy eyes but also a strong immune system. 
  • Potassium – This mineral plays a variety of roles in the body, including helping to regulate blood pressure.  As we head into the holiday season, a little blood pressure regulation may be just what you need.

Wondering how sweet potatoes stack up to standard white potatoes?  This infographic from the Cleveland Clinic gives you the skinny on the two tubers.