What’s the Healthiest Vegetable?

Sweet potatoes are about as good as it gets.

Not only do they taste good, but sweet potatoes are just about as good as it gets in terms of health benefits.

Benefits of sweet potatoes:

Rated the healthiest vegetable by Nutrition Action Health Letter, a sweet potato is nearly a meal in itself–full of protein, fiber, artery-protecting beta carotene, blood pressure-controlling potassium, and antioxidant vitamins C and E. Unlike white potatoes, sweet potatoes won’t send your blood sugar soaring. And one medium-sized sweet potato has only 117 calories.

A few ideas for how to eat sweet potatoes:

  • Wash and pierce skin of two sweet potatoes and microwave on high for 6 to 8 minutes. Mash with a dollop of olive oil, or with cinnamon and a teaspoon of brown sugar.
  • Toss a peeled, cubed sweet potato with a little olive oil in a small baking dish. Roast at 450 degrees, stirring frequently until slightly browned.
  • Whip up a healthy, tastier alternative to french fires: Slice four sweet potatoes, toss with 3 tablespoons of canola oil, spread on baking sheets and bake at 425 degrees until tender, about 20 minutes.

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