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The superpowers of sweet potato: enhancing immunity

Aug 18, 2020 08:08 IST

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.