7 Potential Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

When you think of sweet potatoes, you might imagine any one of several types. From sunset-hued garnet to a pleasing Okinawa crimson, this tuber of the morning glory family spans hundreds of varieties that vary in color and flavor. (Just don’t confuse them with yams, which have brown, shaggy skin, pale flesh, and a less sweet flavor.)

With a long history — more than 5,000 years, according to the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse — sweet potatoes have made a culinary impression worldwide. They are a staple in the cuisine of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. And while they were once relegated to overly sweet Thanksgiving casseroles in the United States, these days you can find sweet potatoes at the center of all kinds of delicious dishes, including curries, tacos, salads, and stir-fries.

However you prepare them, you’ll get a delicious, colorful result—and plenty of nutrients. Beneath their earthy shell are many nutrients, including high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber and manganese. Not surprisingly, they lead to a host of potential health benefits. Here are seven to consider.

1. Sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar

Sweet potatoes tend to get a lot of press compared to their white potato counterparts—and for some health concerns, the hype may be warranted. One such example: their effect on blood sugar.

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