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    The Sweet Potato

    April 13, 2016

April 13, 2016

The Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes have been a staple in the human diet for more than 6,000 years. The earliest use of this delicious tuber was in Peru. European explorers took them back with them from South and Central America. The Incans called the root, batata which is where we get the word, potato. The sweet potato is super-rich in nutrients—especially in beta-carotene which is an antioxidant. It’s what gives it the orange color. It is also very high in vitamins A and C. Purple sweet potatoes can actually help the body get rid of heavy metals! To get the most nutrients from your sweet potato, include some fat with it. Baked sweet potatoes are savory when topped with a big dollop of grass-fed butter, sea salt, and black pepper. If you want a healthful dessert, top it with grass-fed butter, salt, and a bit of maple syrup, cinnamon, and/or nutmeg.