When I was in high school I use to eat baked Idaho potatoes dipped in fat free honey dijon dressing daily. I was doing it with the hopes of losing weight, needless to say THAT didn’t work. It was the time of the “fat free” craze, which now knowing about nutrition, baffles me, I digress. Now, I know better and want to share why I rarely if ever go “white” potato. White potatoes don’t have nearly as many health benefits as do their orange “cousins” the sweet potato. Here are some FIERCE reasons to pick sweet potates! They are…
1. High in vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies, which has been linked with degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks.
2. A Good source of vitamin C. Most people know that vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses (because the drug companies tell us), fewer are aware that this vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. Vitamin C helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and even aides in helping us cope with stress.
3. Containers of Vitamin D which is critical for immune system and overall health at this time of year. Both a vitamin and a hormone, vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting adequate sunlight (you know how I love my Sunshine!) There’s even a disorder for pale people (totally kidding about it being for pale people, but there is a disorder) called SAD or seasonal affective disorder, which is linked to inadequate sunlight and vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth.
4. Iron-filled. Many are aware that we need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein, among other things. Women tend to be iron deficient at various times during the month (when Aunt Flo is in town), so prepping you’re bod with iron dense foods is recommended in that case.
5. A good source of magnesium, Mg is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, nerve and bowel function. Experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the population in North America may be deficient in this important mineral.
Moral of this story is that not only are sweet potatoes totally tasty, they have many health benefits. Try your a sweet potato salad for your Labor Day feast this year! (not to get ahead of myself…I know it’s only August!)
I can see you GETTING FIERCE!
Per my blog on July 30th, Below is my food log from July 31st, 2012
- 8:00AM protein shake
- 9:15AM egg white omelet with spinach, tomatoes, peppers and avocado
- 11:30PM Lara bar
- 2:30PM cuke/avocado roll with brown rice and one packet soy sauce, steamed kale with tomatoes and garbanzo beans and mango
- 6:30PM 1/3 cup veggie tuna salad with carrots
- 9:30PM Kombucha tea
- 3 liters of water throughout the day