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    Sweet potato

    Since ancient times, sweet potatoes have been a staple cuisine in many cultures. They are distinguished by their bright orange flesh and copper-colored skin. Worldwide, there are hundreds of kinds with a range of hues, including cream, white, reddish-purple, yellow, and deep purple.

    In addition to a variety of vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, selenium, Vitamin B, and C, wet potatoes are a fantastic source of fiber. The primary nutritional benefit of sweet potatoes is their abundance in the antioxidant beta-carotene, which, when taken, is transformed into vitamin A.

    Synonyms of Sweet potato

    • Shakarkand
    • Pomoea Batatas
    • Garnet
    • Jewel
    • Beauregard 
    • Mitha Alu
    • Misti Alu
    • Genasu
    • Ratala

    Nutritional Facts of Sweet potato

    Calories:112
    Fat:0.07 grams
    Carbohydrates:26 grams
    Protein:2 grams
    Fiber:3.9 grams

    Phytochemical Constituents of Sweet potato

    • Carbohydrates
    • Proteins
    • Lipids
    • Carotenoids
    • Anthocyanins
    • Conjugated phenolic acids 
    • Minerals

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    Therapeutic Uses of Sweet potato

    • Reduce the risk of cold, cough, and flu.

    Two of the most crucial vitamins needed to improve general health are vitamins A and C. To prevent minor to serious ailments, including autoimmune diseases, one must eat foods high in both of these vitamins. But eating sweet potatoes would give you both of these important vitamins. The risk of colds, coughs, and flu can be decreased by eating sweet potatoes throughout the monsoon and winter.

     

    • Relieves Arthritis Pain

    Sweet potatoes are a fantastic diet for preventing and treating arthritis since they are high in beta-carotene, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B complex. There is evidence that increasing your intake of foods high in beta-cryptoxanthin reduces your risk of acquiring inflammatory diseases like arthritis.

     

    • Help for Good Digestion

    Dietary fiber-rich sweet potatoes are also well known for enhancing digestion and intestinal health. Sweet potatoes’ high fiber content can also aid in reducing constipation in both kids and adults. Additionally, it possesses a significant amount of phytosterol, which protects the digestive system. Duodenal and stomach ulcers may be prevented and treated with it.

     

    • Helps Manages Stress

    Stress harms one’s physical and mental health. Although we frequently associate high levels of stress with the mind, they can also be reduced by making specific dietary adjustments. Magnesium is a mineral that the body needs for regular operation in addition to lowering anxiety and sadness, especially in women. If you are struggling with sleeplessness, this amazing root vegetable can be of great assistance. Include it with jaggery in your everyday diet to combat those restless nights.

     

    • Lose Weight

    While sweet potatoes must be your friends, potatoes should be avoided if you’re attempting to reduce weight. It’s because sweet potatoes contain resistant starch, a type of fiber that the body can’t digest. You should consume meals with resistant starch instead of carbohydrates because they can hasten the process of burning fat and ease the process of weight reduction. In addition to satisfying your hunger, eating sweet potatoes will keep you fuller for longer.

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    Home Remedies of Sweet potato

    • Reduces Oily Skin

    Sweet potatoes are very helpful to reduce oily skin. Boil and then mash the sweet potato. Incorporate a tablespoon of organic honey. After a few minutes, wash this combination off of your face.

     

    • Lightens Dark Circles & Eye Puffiness

    The anthocyanin in sweet potatoes aids in the reduction of puffiness and dark circles. Simply separate the potato into two equal slices. For a while, put them on your eyes and let them work.

     

    • Treatment of Stomach Ulcers

    Sweet potatoes have a calming impact on your stomach and intestines. Potassium, beta-carotene, calcium, vitamin C, and the B-complex vitamins are all particularly beneficial in treating stomach ulcers.

    One of the finest methods to eat sweet potatoes for ulcer healing is to boil them first before eating them.

    Ayurvedic Aspects of Sweet potato

    Sweet potatoes are frequently recognized as food in Ayurveda that can treat a wide range of illnesses. Sweet potatoes are considered to be sattvic foods by Ayurveda, which means they are healthy for the body and mind. Strong Vats balancing properties in sweet potatoes help treat exacerbated Vata. Ayurveda, in particular, holds the firm belief that sweet potatoes can be utilized to treat a wide range of diseases, from skin issues to digestive issues. Due to its Guru or weighty nature, sweet potatoes might treat obesity. The guru nature of sweet potatoes makes them feel filling when eaten.

     

    Daily Dose: Sweet potato Powder – ½-1 teaspoon once or twice a day.

    Side Effects of Sweet potato

    • Allergies

    Consuming too many sweet potatoes can result in allergies in some people. If you are allergic to sweet potatoes or any other food, you will normally react shortly after eating the potato. Although your signs may differ, you might experience one or more of the following stomach pain, skin rash, itching, facial edema, tongue swelling, or tongue inflammation.

     

    • May Lead to Stones

    Sweet potatoes have a lot of oxalates. Gallbladder and Kidney stones can develop in the body as a result of a high oxalate diet. As a result, you ought to consume them in moderation.

     

    • Blood Sugar Issues

    Despite having a low glycemic index, this dish can affect diabetics’ blood sugar levels. So when consuming them, more care should be given.

     

    • Other health problems

    Sweet potatoes contain a lot of vitamin A. Vitamin A toxicity can result from taking an excessive amount of this vitamin. Headache and rash may result from this. Hair loss, chapped lips, and dry, brittle skin can all be effects of consuming too much vitamin A over time. Vitamin A taken in excess might harm the liver as well.

    References

    1. American Sweet Potato Council: “The Perfect Sweet Potato.”
    2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30263269/

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist

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