Moms! Reasons Kids Should Eat Sweet Potatoes Everyday
Sweet potato is an underground tuber. It grows on the roots of a plant known scientifically as Ipomoea batatas. It is also rich in an antioxidant called beta-carotene, which is very effective at raising blood levels of vitamin A, particularly in children.
Sweet potatoes are nutritious, high in fiber, very filling and have a delicious sweet taste. They can be consumed in a variety of ways, but are most commonly boiled, baked, steamed or fried.
Sweet potatoes are most commonly orange, but are also found in other colors, such as white, red, pink, violet, yellow and purple.
In some parts of the USA and Canada, sweet potatoes are called yams. This is a misnomer since yams are actually a totally different species.
Sweet potatoes are only distantly related to regular potatoes. A raw sweet potato contains water (77%), carbohydrate (20.1%), protein (1.6%), fiber (3%) and almost no fat.Fiber
Cooked sweet potatoes are relatively high in fiber, with a medium-sized sweet potato containing 3.8 grams.
The fibers are both soluble (15-23%) in the form of pectin, and insoluble (77-85%) in the form of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin.