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Long live the sweet potato!
Everyone has their favourite vegetables and I’m absolutely no exception. And yes, I love a lot but with a dot on 1…. my an all-time favourite… the sweet potato!
This beautiful vegetable – also known as the’ sweet potato’ – is not a direct family of the well-known potato. Although this is also a starchy tuberous plant, but from a completely different family.
You will find 2 varieties of sweet potato; a pink and white variety. To be honest, I have not encountered the latter yet.
The taste is, as the name suggests, sweet indeed. Even though you should not think of candy or similar. Rather it is sweet that you can also find in a carrot, but with a mild spicy touch.
In other words, you just have to taste it if you really want to know it; -)
The sweet potato originated originally from Central and South America, after which it – like countless other foodstuffs – ended up in our country via trade trips.
All in all, it has nevertheless taken quite some time before we embraced the sweet potato with love (and then started eating it) in Belgium and the Netherlands. But end well, all right. I couldn’t miss it anymore.
According to omniscient Wikipedia, the yam is now ranked 7th in the list of the world’s most important food crops. After rice, wheat, corn, corn, cassava, etc., so worldwide even before the potato.
This’ top tuber’ is most popular in countries as diverse as Suriname, Polynesia and the United States, where they are doing their best with Thanksgiving. And then not only in savoury dishes, but also as sweet cakes. Just like a pumpkin, the sweet potato is also very suitable for desserts.
In Canada they seem to love fries of sweet potato (and in Belgium they already live in 1 person who fully understands that).
Before we give up all the praise…. the sweet potato has 1 small minus point. Or 2 actually…. if you do not count the fact that you can’t stop there;).
But seriously: The disadvantage of sweet potato is the fact that the tuber contains the sugar refinery. Luckily not a deadly poison at all, but maybe your housemates think differently after a while.
This sugar cannot be digested by the anterior part of the digestive organ, but only in the large intestine. The result? Light gas formation in your intestines and the risk that your underwork may start to imagine Myles Davis. And thus cheerfully starts to swear away upon it; -)
Whether that is a problem depends on your personal standards of decency and/or those of your housemates. For me no impediment…. I love jazz; -)
That said, the sweet potato has fortunately many good properties for human health. Moreover, the level of refinery depends on breed by variety and such slow-growing sugars (with a low glycaemic index) are actually ideal if you want to keep your sugar level a little under control.
So over…. to the many health aspects!
Sweet potato: Healthy and satisfying
Yep, a sweet potato is a rich source of dietary fibre and vitamins A, C and B6 and also contains a lot of folic acid and calcium. The fat content is only minimal (unless you fry them naturally) and the sweet potato is completely free of cholesterol. Add to this the fact that he is full of antioxidants.
Of course, that is not all by a long chalk, but you can be reassured that eating sweet potatoes is by no means detrimental to your health. Except against flatulence; -)
I have little experience with it myself (although I should be gradually changing that), but the sweet potato also seems to be popular in the fitness world and as a suitable ingredient for a slimming diet.
It is said that the many dietary fibres in a sweet potato cause slow combustion of your carbohydrates and therefore provide more energy and – above all – the fact that you experience a’ full’ feeling in your stomach much faster and longer. The sweet potato is also ideal in a gluten-free diet.
Ingredient: Sweet potatoes
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