Sweet Potatoes: A Humble Superfood

Exotic superfoods like goji berries, cacao nibs, acai berries, and maca root boast many nutritive benefits, but if you don’t live near a place like The Healthy Grocer, they can be cost prohibitive and hard to find. Would it surprise you to know that you probably serve up at least one superfood every Thanksgiving?

Between the globs of gravy and cans of jellied cranberry, a modest bowl of mashed sweet potato provides an entire day’s worth of Vitamin A, much of your daily value of Vitamin C, and has antioxidant properties to boot. Different methods of preparation affect the glycemic index ranking[EC1], but boiling your starchy sweet potato gives it an incredibly low ranking of 46. Sweet potatoes contain roughly 4 grams of fiber each, with almost no fat and relatively low calorie content. Cooking these root vegetables with a tablespoon of olive oil adds healthy fat and may help beta-carotene uptake, while topping them with nut butter and a of sprinkling cinnamon and nutmeg will give you a naturally sweet dish without added sugars. Sweet potatoes by themselves are paleo-friendly and vegan, so they can be enjoyed by people following many different dietary styles.

Now that you know about the fabulous nutritional stats of sweet potatoes, let’s talk about some of the different varieties you’ll find at The Healthy Grocer.

Garnet Sweet Potatoes

The orange-yellow flesh of the Garnet is moist and succulent. These sweet potatoes are good for all applications. Store them in a well-ventilated area for up to a few days; don’t refrigerate. Leave the skin on for extra nutrition.

Hannah Sweet Potatoes

Hannah's have dry, off-white flesh that stays firm after cooking. It could be used as a replacement for white potatoes when serving those who are sensitive to nightshades. Don’t peel until you’re ready to cook them.

Jewel Sweet Potatoes

The orange flesh of the Jewel is very moist and sweet. It has a slightly earthy taste and performs well in many recipes. Cook them with the skin for added nutrition.

Oriental (Japanese) Sweet Potatoes

Japanese sweet potatoes mash well, with dry texture and slightly nutty taste. Their dark purple exterior is contrasted by their creamy white flesh.

Erica is passionate about family, health, and language. She is excited to combine her enthusiasm for words and wellness by blogging for The Healthy Grocer, where she also works as Assistant Buyer and Supervisor.

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