Week 6 – Day 5

Sweet potato

Ah sweet potatoes – those weird looking orangey potatoes are loaded with fat-fighting benefits. When eaten with the skin on (roasted whole or cut up into oven fries), a sweet potato has as much fiber as half a cup of oatmeal, for about 100 calories, says dietitian Joan Salge Blake, author of Nutrition & You.

One medium sweet potato (often called a yam, although they’re not the same thing) is rich in beta-carotene and meets your daily need for vitamin A. It also provides nearly a third of the vitamin C you need each day.

Sweet potatoes contain carotenoids that appear to help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, making cells more responsive to insulin. This can ultimately help with your metabolism.

Sweet potato provides a good amount of vital minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium that are very essential for enzyme, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism.

Next time you are reaching for the white potatoes, consider reaching a bit further down the aisle and bring a few sweet potatoes home with you. Your body will thank you for it!