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6 Surprising Health Benefit of Sweet Potato

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Benefit of Sweet Potato

1. Sweet potatoes help regulate blood pressure

One cup of sweet potato baked in its skin provides 950 mg of potassium. That’s more than twice the amount in a medium banana. Potassium essentially sweeps excess sodium and fluid out of the body, which lowers blood pressure and reduces strain on the heart.

2. They may help support weight loss

About 12% of the starch in sweet potatoes is resistant starch, a filling, fiber-like substance your body doesn’t digest and absorb. One study found that replacing just 5.4% of total carbohydrate intake with resistant starch resulted in a 20 to 30% increase in fat burning after a meal. Resistant starch also prompts the body to pump out more satiety-inducing hormones.

Sweet potatoes are incredibly rich in beta-carotene, the antioxidant responsible for the vegetable’s bright orange color.

4. May Support Your Immune System

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are one of the richest natural sources of beta-carotene, a plant-based compound that is converted to vitamin A in your body.

Vitamin A is critical to a healthy immune system, and low blood levels have been linked to reduced immunity

It’s also key for maintaining healthy mucous membranes, especially in the lining of your gut.

5. May Enhance Brain Function

Consuming purple sweet potatoes may improve brain function. Animal studies have found that the anthocyanins in purple sweet potatoes can protect the brain by reducing inflammation and preventing free radical damage.

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