The Sweet Potato

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Candied sweet potatoes are usually served for the holidays during the winter months here in the United States. Sweet potatoes are part of an American tradition. The sweet potato is the official state vegetable of Louisiana. Thy are very nutritious for you.

There are a variety of ways you can prepare sweet potatoes. Steamed or boiled, sweet potato butter, pie, chips, fried, and baked are just a few ways they may be prepared. They really are delicious. Sweet potatoes are really healthy for you and they contain many vitamins and minerals. They contain beta carotene, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, calcium, folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin A and C, and protein.

China is the leader in the production of sweet potatoes and they provide the world with 80% of sweet potatoes produced. Sweet potatoes are an important part of diet in America. Compared to other vegetables the sweet potato ranks the highest in nutritional value.

Sweet potatoes are also a beneficial food for diabetics. Studies have revealed that they help to stabilize blood sugar levels. Sweet potatoes are often confused with the yam, but they are not even closely related to the yam family.

Sweet potatoes have a long history of cultivation in Louisiana and they grow in warm and tropical regions. The French and Spanish settlers favorite food was the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are rich in dietary fiber and contain complex carbohydrates. Don’t forget to add sweet potatoes to your menu for the holidays. They will add zest and color to any table.

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