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Do you love sweet potato? Then you’ll love knowing the nutritional value of sweet potatoes in dealing with stress and disease. The biochemical effect of stress causes changes in the levels of our blood sugar and takes up a lot of nutrients from other processes in the body. Of course relaxing is important, but getting good nutrition, can also put you in a better place to deal with stress. And here I want to share the benefits of sweet potato with you.

Doctrine of Signatures

When I look at a sweet potato I can see it looks like the shape of the pancreas. The pancreas helps produce hormones that regulate blood sugar balance and believe it or not sweet potato IS one of the best foods for balancing blood sugars. I love this kind of science. When a food resembles a bodily organ that it nourishes it’s called the Doctrine of Signatures.

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Sweet Potatoes Leave You Feeling “Sweet As” Instead of Stressed

Keeping blood sugar levels balanced is important in stress as it helps us keep our cool and not ‘lose it’ so easily. Sweet potatoes are high in potassium which helps to lower blood pressure (by reducing excess sodium) and known to help relax muscles, calm the nerves and balance your cognitive function.

When we are stressed our digestion can be weaker. Sweet potatoes are easy to digest and known to be good for inflamed colons, digestive disorders and constipation – all which can be related to being stressed out.

Nutritional Powerhouse

Sweet potatoes are high in the antioxidant beta-carotene (that’s what gives it that amazing orange colour). They are also high in vitamins C, D & E, and the minerals manganese and iron.

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I’ve also heard sweet potatoes can help bind heavy metals due to compounds called phytochelatins. These compounds can bind to things like mercury, copper and cadmium and help get them out of the body safely.

The health benefits of sweet potatoes are the most bioavailable when eaten raw, steamed, or baked.

Sweet Potato Flavour Sensations You Have To Try

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Try making a simple fat-free sweet potato soup by steaming sweet potatoes until soft and then placing in a blender or food processor and blend until creamy smooth.

Spices such as cloves, cinnamon, ginger, chili pepper, or curry can be added for a flavour and nutritional boost.

Baked sweet potatoes can be stored in the refrigerator and later sliced over a fresh green salad for a hearty lunch or dinner. Sweet potatoes are also delicious mashed with a drizzle of olive oil, coconut oil or avocado. 

Sweet potatoes are a comforting, satisfying, and very healing food, consider finding more ways to include them into your diet.

Enjoy!

This article was republished with permission from tylertolman.com.

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