I remembered that steamed sweet potatoes were our snack as a kid. My vegetarian grandmother who was very careful about what to feed to her grandchildren used to steam them right before we came back from school.
Sweet potatoes that are steamed with a sprinkle of little salt on the skin enhance sweetness and are divine. You can just taste what a sweet potato really is. However, as I get grown up, I almost forgot how sweet potatoes are healthy and nutritious.
Recently, sweet potatoes have been reevaluated and appreciated because of its powerful potentials in nutrition. Sweet potato’s main nutrition is starch. However, various vitamins, minerals, and fiber are found abundantly.
Fibers such as cellulose pectin work on not only keeping us away from constipation but lowering cholesterol in blood and controlling blood sugar level. Fibers prevent “lifestyle-related diseases” that are cancer, heart disease, and stroke. No constipation means no acnes and beautiful skin. How friendly sweet potatoes are for women!
Sweet potato is a well-balanced vegetable with so many vitamins; β carotene that controls cancer cells, vitamin B1 that helps metabolize glucide, vitamin E (also known as anti-aging vitamin) that prevents making lipid peroxide, and vitamin C that intensifies to produce collagen and prevents cold. Anthocyanin has antioxidant effect that helps removing active oxygen which causes aging and lifestyle-related diseases.
Minerals such as calcium and potassium are also found greatly in sweet potatoes. Potassium encourages the body to release sodium and helps having a lower blood pressure and swelling.
Sweet potato is such a healthy ingredient with low in calorie and high in nutrition. Before knowing it, I thought eating sweet potatoes just gives me more calories and gains my weight. But my guess was so wrong. Sweet potatoes are very sweet and we, especially women, tend to believe like what I used to think. Steamed sweet potato has fewer calories than one bowl of rice. And a bonus is that sweet potato doesn’t contain lipid but can be a source of nutrition.
(Partial Reference: Wikipedia)
In Japan, school kids would go to a field trip in fall to the sweet potatoes field where local farmers let kids dig sweet potatoes. It is so much fun and kids enjoy playing with dirt and digging. I also remembered that I was very happy when I found beautiful purple skins of sweet potatoes in the dark soil! It was as if treasure hunting for kids.