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    Sweet potato

    Sweet potatoes are absolutely loaded with nutrition and considered to be one of nature's most perfect vegetables. Packed with beta carotene and vitamin A, one serving of sweet potatoes provides more beta carotene than 23 cups of broccoli!

    One daily serving of sweet potatoes per day can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. A nutritious diet should include complex carbohydrates, provide several important nutrients, be low in fat, and high in fiber. And at just over a hundred calories, one sweet potato has more fiber than a cup of oatmeal!

    Microwaved, boiled, baked, steamed, or grilled, sweet potatoes have a sweet, pumpkin-like flavor that compliments most any meat dish. They were once thought of as a holiday vegetable but news is spreading quickly about this near-perfect vegetable and more and more people are incorporating them into their daily diet.

    The high fiber content of sweet potatoes significantly reduces the risk of constipation thereby lowering the risk of disorders such as diverticulitis and colon-related problems. They have been found very effective in helping to fight obesity as the fiber in sweet potatoes produce a feeling of being full. Moreover, sweet potatoes are a very healthy choice for diabetic because they have a low glycemic index.

    Sweet potatoes are excellent sources of plant proteins with very low calories.  Unlike other starchy root vegetables, it is very low in sugar, and in fact is a good blood sugar regulator. Sweet potatoes have been found to contain a high amount of anti-oxidant, making it suitable in combating inflammatory problems like asthma, arthritis, gout, etc. Regular consumption of sweet potatoes strengthens the body's immune system and develop resistance to infection. A deficiency in potassium can cause muscular cramps and greater susceptibility to injury. Make sweet potatoes a regular part of your diet if you exercise a lot, both for an energy boost and to prevent cramps and injuries.