No vegetable in nature – not even the carrot for which it is named – packs as big a beta-carotene punch as the sweet potato.
According to this WebMD article, beta-carotene is a carotenoid that the body can quickly convert to vitamin A, which is key to healthy skin, strong immunity and good vision. It’s also an antixodant that protects the body from free radicals, a which lowers one’s risk for cancer and heart disease.
To get the most from the sweet potato’s long list of health benefits, steam or boil and serve with a little olive oil. According to this article from The Worlds Healthiest Foods, just 3-5 grams of fat per meal (which comes from olive oil) can significantly increase the body’s uptake of beta-carotene from sweet potatoes.
Photo courtesy of Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Casserole from Dulcet.