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Organic Sweet Potatoes Good For YOU. They remind me of Thanksgiving, special taste adventures, and leftovers no matter how often I enjoy them. Organic Sweet Potatoes are Good for You. What are your memories?

During those early years nutrition was not a priority in the food choices that I made. It was taste. That is just one quality that puts sweet potatoes in some special company. The last thing on my mind was why are Organic Sweet Potatoes good for you, it was totally the experience. My discovery was something quite obvious, Organic Sweet Potatoes are good for you. So sweet and the hotter they are the sweeter they are, very scientific. Little did I know at the time that is was an Organic Food.

History of the Sweet Potato

 The average per capital consumption of sweet potatoes in the United States is only about 4 pounds per year, down from  29 pounds in 1920.
Southerner Kent Wrench writes: “The Sweet Potato became associated with hard times in the minds of our ancestors. When they became affluent enough to change their menu, the potato was served less often.”[22]

Organic Sweet Potatoes Good For YOU

Sweet Rewards Recipe Contest

Organic Sweet Potatoes Good For YOU

Every  year, the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission holds a Sweet Rewards Recipe Contest. The event is held in together with Louisiana Cookin magazine which you need to definitely check out.

Sally Sibthorpe of Shelby Township, Missouri  wowed the judges with her recipe for Ginger Thai Sweet Potato Bisque. Just the name makes my mouth water. This soup makes a zesty Thanksgiving starter. The Asian flavors fuse with the natural goodness of America’s sweet potato.
 
All of the ingredients should be available at your local natural and organic food store. Definitely a must to try.

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 Organic Sweet Potatoes Good for You

Ginger Thai Sweet Potato Bisque

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Do your best to use Organic Ingredients

1 tablespoon Organic Olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion

1 clove minced garlic
4 cups cooked Organic Sweet Potatoes
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger root
1 can (15 ounces) Organic coconut milk
2 cups Organic chicken stock
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon red curry paste
4 tablespoons minced cilantro
4 tablespoons Organic shredded coconut

1.  Heat oil in a 3-quart saucepan or stockpot on medium setting. Add onion and garlic, and sauté until tender.

2. Remove mixture to a food processor or blender. Add sweet potatoes and ginger, then puree until mixture is smooth.

3. Return mixture to saucepan. Add coconut milk, chicken stock, salt, soy sauce, lime juice and curry paste. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes.

4. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the cilantro. Simmer for 2 minutes more.

5. Ladle soup into serving bowls, and garnish with shredded coconut and remaining cilantro.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission

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Now that you have seen that recipe you are probably interested in how healthy it was for you. Take a look at the Health Benefits below and you will want to find some more Sweet Potato Recipes.

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Health benefits of Sweet potato

Sweet potatoes have been an important part of the diet in the United States for most of its history, especially in the Southeast. From the middle of the 20th century they have become less popular.
 
Sweet potato is one of the high-calorie starch foods  (provide 90 calories/100g  to 70 calories/100g in potato). The tuber, however, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. It is a rich source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals than potatoes.
 
Its calorie content mainly comes from starch, a complex carbohydrate. Sweet potato has higher amylose to amylopectin ratio than that in potato. Amylose raises the blood sugar levels rather slowly on comparison to simple fruit sugars (fructose, glucose, etc.). It is recommended as a healthy food even in diabetes.
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Organic Sweet Potatoes Good for You

Vitamin A King!

The tuber is an excellent source of flavonoid phenolic compounds such as beta-carotene and vitamin A. 100 g of tuber provides 14,187 IU of vitamin-A and 8,509 µg of ß-carotene, a value which is the highest for any root vegetables. These compounds are powerful natural antioxidants. Vitamin-A is also required for the human body to maintain the integrity of mucosa and skin. It is a vital nutrient for healthy vision. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
 
The total antioxidant strength of raw sweet potato measured in terms of oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) is 902 µmol TE/100 g.
 
The tubers are packed with many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), and thiamin (vitamin B-1), niacin, and riboflavin. These vitamins are essential in the sense that the human body requires them from external sources to replenish. These vitamins function as co-factors for various enzymes during metabolism.
 
Sweet potato provides a good amount of vital minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. All are essential for enzyme, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism.

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Sweet potato top greens are much more nutritious than the tuber itself. Weight per weight, 100 g of fresh leaves carry more iron, vitamin-C, folates, vitamin-K, and potassium but less sodium than its tuber.
 
Although sweet potato leaves are being eaten in some parts of the world, its root which is the toast of sweet potato lovers. In the markets, buy fresh tubers with intact smooth skin and firm consistency. Go for organic varieties for best taste and nutrition levels.
 
Avoid soft, flabby, or wilted roots. Also, avoid those sound woody in texture as they tend to be excess in fiber and unappetizing. As in potatoes, sprouting would make them lose flavor and unwanted.

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Wash them in clean running water to remove sand and soil. They should be stored in a cool, dark, and well-ventilated place.
 
Sweet potatoes are are an excellent source of vitamin A, and also contain fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.
 
Sweet potatoes contain an enzyme that converts the starch to sugar, creating their unique sweetness. This sweetness continues to develop as the sweet potato is cooked.
 
Sweet potatoes do well when cooked in a variety of manners:  baked, roasted, boiled, or microwaved and are great in soup, muffins, bread, or pie.

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Tips:

When selecting sweet potatoes, choose small or medium sized ones with smooth skin. Avoid sweet potatoes with crack or blemishes – a spot of decay can ruin the flavor of the whole sweet potato, even if it is cut away.

Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark place for use within 3-5 weeks. They should not be stored in the refrigerator, as they develop a hard core and the taste changes.

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5 Comments

  1. shreyshrey

    People usually run away from sweet potato thinking it would make them fat. Not all of them are aware that sweet potato has a lot of nutritional value.
    I still remember when I was a kid, I used to eat sweet potatoes for evening snacks and that used to be so delicious. With your additional recipes here, I would surely try them out!

    • Robert ClackRobert Clack

      Hi! Appreciate you comment. Glad you had such a happy time with sweet potatoes in your youth. I did as well. The low cost I am sure is why we ate them so much… but they were good! Enjoy the recipe on the article… You will love it.

  2. JenJen

    I actually prefer a sweet potato to a regular potato. Knowing it has tons of nutritional value is great as well. I usually bake them for about an hour. They then can be topped with some butter and brown sugar. Leftovers can be used for sweet potato muffins which are yummy as well!

    • Robert ClackRobert Clack

      Hey Jen, Thanks for the comment. You got it right and seems you have a place for Sweet Potatoes. Many folk are not aware of the Sweet Potato muffins so its great to here that is part of fare. A Healthy choice that tastes great… Good Deal!

    • Hey Jen,

      Just wanted to touch base and let you know how much your input was appreciated. Please let us know how Organic Hangout can do better. Have a Hangout day.

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