Don't let the 'sweet' in sweet potato fool you! The American Diabetes Association calls the sweet potato a superfood for diabetics and here’s why.
The root vegetable is loaded with fibre, ensuring blood sugar levels remain under control. They're rich in starch that stimulates a delayed release of sugar. When boiled, it reduces the glycaemic index of the root, making it a great dessert alternative. In addition to that, sweet potatoes may also enhance the growth of good gut bacteria and help maintain gut health.
A great immunity booster, carotenoids present in shakarkandi help prevent damage from free radicals. Its beta-carotene protects the skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.
They're excellent for eye health. It is said that just one sweet potato can give you 400% of the vitamin A you need per day.
The next time you're in the mood for a snack, don't overlook the shakarkandi chaat! The steamed version is a delight to have. Give your regular salad a tangy twist with sweet potatoes. You can mash them, make potato fries out of them or simply enjoy in the form of a tikki.