Sweet potato is a vegetable ranked among the topmost vegetables when it comes to nutritional value. It can be added to a lot of delicacies like pies, puddings, stews, curries etc. Packed with beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin B6, complex carbohydrates, protein, iron and calcium, it is a complete food in itself. Sweet potato has good amount of calories but it contains no saturated fats or cholesterol and this makes it a perfect vegetable for healthy weight gain.
The vegetable is a rich source of dietary fibre and despite its sweet taste, helps to regulate blood sugar levels in diabetics. The high potassium content of this vegetable provides a burst of energy, prevents cramps and injuries, maintains fluid and electrolyte balance, and also takes care of your heart and blood pressure. The fibrous sweet potato keeps your digestive tract healthy, it has a mild laxative effect, helps cure constipation and helps to maintain a healthy colon. It is also a great antioxidant and provides relief in inflammatory disorders like asthma, gout, arthritis etc. Pregnant women should eat sweet potato, as it is a good source of folates, and this ensures healthy development of foetal cells and tissues.