Q&A: Can I Still Eat Sweet Potatoes On My Diet?

sweetheatpotatochipsQ: Are fried sweet potatoes okay to eat while trying to lose weight? – A.B.

A: If you are trying to lose weight you’ll want to eat sweet potatoes the healthiest way possible. Frying is not on that list, unfortunately. Healthier ways to eat them would be roasted, purèed, steamed, baked or grilled. I personally like to make oven baked sweet potato fries. They are delicious!

No matter how you decide to cook them, the sweet potato has its benefits. Sweet potatoes are an excellent choice for a starch. Here are some of the reasons why:

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The most obvious reason is that sweet potatoes are high in carotenoids, like beta carotene. Their rich orange color indicates this fact. Carotenoids help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are power antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging.

They are a great source of vitamin C –  C is an important vitamin in the bone and tooth formation, digestion and blood cell formation. Many people are already aware of the benefits of vitamin C in warding off cold and flu viruses. It also accelerates wound healing by producing collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity. Most importantly, it helps us cope with stress.