Is a Sweet Potato Good For You?

Is a Sweet Potato Good For You?

This article will be covering the health benefits of the rather popular sweet-tasting root vegetable – is a sweet potato good for you, and if so, WHY is it good for you?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Why Are Sweet Potatoes Good For You?

why are sweet potatoes good for you


Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are considered as having a high nutritional value due to the amount of fiber and vitamins and minerals (iron, calcium, selenium, B vitamins and vitamin C) they contain.

The Vitamin B6 in the vegetable helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies – this chemical is known to have rather sinister links to degenerative diseases (heart attacks are top of the list!).

The strange orange color of the potatoes is due to the fact that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene. These carotenoids help keep your eyesight in check and also boost your immunity to disease (they are part of the antioxidant family that fights cancer and the effects of aging).

So, interested in taking on this versatile veggie in some sort of recipe?

Roasted, puréed, steamed, baked, or grilled – the possibilities really are endless.

To finish of this article, I’ve included a couple of simple sweet potato recipes that might take your fancy. Don’t forget – the internet is a wealth of information when it comes to locating new meal ideas, so if the recipes below don’t do it for you, simply search for a few more!


Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

A versatile vegetarian soup recipe that will do a great job as a meal starter or a healthy lunch alternative…

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Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

To save time with soup recipes I’d always recommend using a blender, or soup maker, to mix up the ingredients within seconds!


BBQ Brisket with Crunchy Coleslaw & Sweet Potato Wedges

The man himself – Gordon Ramsay!

Gordon takes on an American classic with some sides in this video recipe tutorial…

16 thoughts on “Is a Sweet Potato Good For You?

  1. Hi Chris,
    Thanks for such an enlightening and informative article.
    You so clearly articulated the benefits of sweet potato, but what about sweet potato juice? I read that the juice is rich in Vitamin D, cures stomach ulcers and is a good source of magnesium. Would you recommend the juice?

    1. I certainly would Vincent – I’m a fan of any sort of food that contains magnesium, due to the mad prices they charge you in supplement format! 

      Cheers for stopping by and reading the article mate – and for adding the positive benefits of the juice! 🙂

  2. Hello Chris,

    I enjoyed reading this article because I am a big fan of potato and I like to prepare it on many different ways. I often hear that sweet potato should be avoided when it comes to weight loss. May I ask why? I prefer boiled potato because I like to prepare salad from it.

    1. I think, but don’t hold me to this…that sweet potato holds more carbs than normal potatoes (again – don’t hold me to that!)

  3. Very interesting and informative article.  Although I do like sweet potato, I didn’t know it was so healthy.  I will definitely be looking to add more sweet potato in my family meals.  The recipes also look interesting.  Is there a difference in health benefits of the different colours of sweet potato?  

  4. Wow, I never knew that such a simple veggie like the sweet potato was actually so good for you. Who knew it even contains antioxidants. which can help to prevent or fight cancers.

    I must admit I do love sweet potatoes. My favorite way to cook them is to roast them in the oven with butternut and onions.

    I must admit that I haven’t tried them as wedges. Do they taste like sweet French Fries? Also would you say that sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative to normal potatoes?

    1. I’d say the sweet potato wedges are a lot sweeter than french fries Michel – we used to give them to my youngest son when he was a toddler. 

  5. I have known for a long time that sweet potato is very good for health . I believe it is better to get vitamins from food than take it from supplements. But everytime I have tried sweet potato , I disliked the taste so much. But I haven’t given up! I am still looking for a recipe where I will not mind the taste of sweet potato so much. Being vegetarian, I am going to try the carrot and sweet potato soup recipe. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Hey Chris!

    I love sweet potatoes! Back then when growing up, my family weren’t very well off so we consumed a lot of sweet potato that we grew on our backyard on certain days to avoid getting too bored of it, plus it helped save some money. After we moved and I started working, our lives got busy and I rarely have time to cook but man, reading your article brings back memories!

    Can’t wait to try that roasted sweet potato and carrot soup, time to hit the kitchen!

  7. Hello,I really love sweet potato and I in fact grow them in my garden. I had no idea how nutritious they are till you mentioned it. As for preparing them I usually just steam them but now I will definitely and grill plus the other ways you mentioned. I have just one question for you. I heard  some people say that you should not peel them before eating because the peel is rich in nutrients. Is that true?

    Anyway thanks for the very educative article.

  8. Hey there,

    Really thanks, for introducing me to the health benefits of eating sweet potatoes.  After reading its health benefits, like its an anti-oxident, blood sugar regulator and it includes beta- carotene, which minimizes the cancer risk,  surely will add it to my diet.

    Very interesting to know that Sweet Potatoes can help to stabilize the blood sugar level.

    1. Cool – glad you enjoyed the article Shubhangi (I hope I got the spelling right there!).

      Thanks for stopping by and reading our work. 

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