With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is a good time to look at a holiday favorite ... sweet potatoes. While they may take a humble place on the table, their unique dietary benefits make them a nutritional star! A medium sweet potato comes with well over 100% of your daily needs for vitamin A, 37% of vitamin C, 16% of vitamin B-6, 10% of pantothenic acid, 15% of potassium and 28% of manganese plus traces of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin E, thiamine, riboflavin and folate. All that goodness comes in a tidy package of 162 calories, no fat, 37 grams of carbohydrate (6 are fiber; 12 are sugar), and 3.6 grams of protein ... all working to help you!
Sweet potatoes are a great, nutritious addition to our winter diets. A Native American plant, sweet potatoes were a staple in the American diet long before the first settlers arrived in the 'New World.' They are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals easy to prepare with a creamy sweetness that makes them the perfect complement to fish and poultry, yet substantial enough to act as the star of a vegan meal!