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Heatlthy Facts about Sweet Potatoes
Despite its name, the sweet potato is not related to the potato. Potatoes are classified as tubers, while the sweet potato is a storage root. Good-quality sweet potatoes will be firm, smooth-skinned and tan to light rose colour. They contain 30 milligrams (50,000 IU) of beta-carotene (vitamin A) in a serving, which is four times the recommended daily allowance (RDA) per serving. You would have to eat 23 portions of broccoli to consume the same amount of beta-carotene.
They are also high in vitamin C (one serving provides 50% of the RDA) and provide three grams of fibre per serving. Sweet potatoes are an ideal choice for people with diabetes, since they are considered a low glycaemic food. This means that the carbohydrate in sweet potatoes is released slowly, which helps maintain steady blood sugar levels.