Potatoes are a very efficient fuel that produces energy. This energy generated by the potatoes can very well be stored in the muscles and liver in the form of glycogen. It functions as a readily available source of energy for strenuous as well as prolonged exercises, thus making it a very important part of diet mainly for those involved in any kind of sports or athletics.
The flesh of the sweet potatoes is either yellow or orange in color. Whereas the skin color of a sweet potato varies from while to yellow, to orange, red and also purple. It is one of the world’s most healthy and nutritional foods. It is full of vitamins and minerals. There are a lot of fiber and antioxidants in sweet potatoes. They also do posses anti-inflammatory properties. Sweet potatoes are enriched with Vitamin A also known as beta-carotene and Vitamin C. These Vitamins, Vitamin A and Vitamin C are strong antioxidants in sweet potatoes. All the free radicals, that are the harmful chemicals in the body, damage the cells in the body. These radicals are removed by these antioxidants in sweet potatoes.
Due to the attribute of being very high in vitamins and minerals, sweet potatoes prove to be very good and useful for those who are involved in any kind of work that is heavy and muscular. Sweet potatoes do not comprise of any fat and are considerably low in calories. As mentioned earlier they are a very rich source when it comes to potassium, Vitamin A and beta-carotene.
Below are mentioned few benefits of sweet potatoes.
- SKIN CARE: sweet potatoes being filled with vitamin A and C and B-complex as well as minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc it proves to be very useful for the skin. Another way to make use of a potato is by making a face and skin pack. For this all you need is crushed and trampled potatoes and a little honey. This is an excellent mixture for lovely glowing skin. This pulp has a healing quality for pimples as well as spots. This pulp can also be applied on burns for faster healing and quick relief. Potatoes have such magic in them that even the water in which the potatoes are only washed is very useful, it helps to soften the skin and also cleanse it. This is mainly for the elbow area and the ones behind the palm.
- DIET: sweet potatoes are now known to be a very important part of our diet. Potatoes are very good and healthy for stomach acidity & ulcer and also duodenum ulcer. For ulcerous conditions the potatoes can be used by washing and grating the raw red skinned potatoes, then placing them in cheesecloth and then squeezing the juice out of them. The other colored raw potatoes can be used for this as well but the red ones are more effective for ulcers. Another way to do this is to slice the red potatoes and sprinkle salt all over them, let this sit overnight, then the next morning collect the juice. For best results it’s advised to drink at least half a cup of this juicy mixture before every meal, thrice a day. Potatoes are excellent for the heart as well. Eating potatoes help to resist strokes and heart attacks. This is due to the potassium content in the potatoes, this potassium helps in a great way, to maintain the balance of the electrolyte and fluids in the cells if the body.
- GAINING WEIGHT: Due to the presence of carbohydrates and proteins potatoes help those who are lean to gain some weight. The Vitamins C and B help the carbohydrates to get absorbed well. That is why they are a very important part of our deit.