Sweet potatoes are native to Peru and are a member of the Convolvulaceae (Morning Glory) plant family.
There are about 400 varieties of sweet potato, which are often seen by the variations in their skin and flesh colours which range from beige to yellow, orange to red or pink to purple.
- The deeper the colour the higher the level of beta-carotene present: sweet potato contains extremely high vitamin A levels (particularly in deep orange and purple varieties), which is great for improving vision, mucous membranes and skin. (1) (2)
- High in antioxidant enzymes such as copper, zinc superoxide dismutase and catalase – Purple sweet potatoes statistically have a higher number of antioxidant present than the typical orange variety. (3)
- Regulates sugar levels in blood; thus useful for type two diabetics. (4)
Sweet Potato Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 100 grams, raw
|Calories from Fat||0|
|Total Fat||0.1 g||0%|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrates||20 g||6%|
|Dietary Fibre||3 g||12%|
|Vitamin A 283%||Vitamin C||4%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.
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