A long favorite of mine – sweet potatoes are not only delicious, nutritious and exceptionally easy to prepare – they are also versatile. Prepared as a main dish or as a desert, it has a great nutritional profile.
One baked medium sweet potato provides 21,909 IU of vitamin A or more than double of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA), and it is a good source of complex carbohydrates (24 g), and fiber (4 g).
On average, sweet potato contains only 100 calories, but it provides 40% of the RDA for vitamin C, and is considered a good source of iron, vitamin B6 and potassium.
Although you will not have any problems finding sweet potatoes at your local supermarket or a health food store, its leaves are not easy to find. Why would you care anyway?
According to a new research from the University of Arkansas, sweet potato leaves are chock-full of disease-fighting antioxidants. In total, they contain 15 different compounds that could help prevent heart disease, diabetes, infection and some types of cancer.
Out of curiosity, I asked for sweet potato leaves at my local grocery store. I was ready for some blank stares, but to my surprise, I was not a first person to inquire about them.
Who could have thought that the word about potential health benefits of sweet potato leaves could spread so quickly? Or maybe I am behind the times…
Anyway, sweet potato leaves are just as versatile and easy to prepare as sweet potatoes. You can steam them as you would spinach or other leafy greens.
Men’s Health recommends to sautÃ© them with onions, garlic, and ginger. Then add your favorite veggies, along with beef, chicken, or shrimp.