The sweet potato is a root vegetable which is starchy and sweet-tasting. We can eat sweet potatoes whole or peeled. In fact, the leaves of its plant are edible too. It may be called ‘potatoes‘, but sweet potatoes and white potatoes are actually not related. Both of them belong to a different botanical family. Talking about the health benefits of Sweet potatoes- They are a rich source of fibre as well as containing and an array of vitamins, minerals including iron, calcium. They are also a good source of vitamins B vitamin C. Other important nutritional benefits of sweet potato are that they are high in beta-carotene- an antioxidant. This antioxidant converts to vitamin A once it is consumed.
We can also add some olive oil over it, just before serving. This increases the absorption of beneficial beta-carotene in our body. This is a quick tip to increase the health benefits of Sweet Potatoes.
How to cook Sweet potatoes to make it a Healthier
When we cook sweet potatoes, its enzymes start breaking down their starch into a sugar known as maltose. Maltose is not as sweet as our regular sugar, but it’s enough to satisfy our sweet tooth.
DO YOU KNOW: You can also control the sweetness of sweet potatoes (to some extent) with a little change in your cooking method?
Cooking sweet potatoes too quickly (like steaming or roasting smaller pieces) may reduce their ultimate sweetness. While on the other hand, if we cook sweet potatoes slowly or on low heat. It will allow the maltose-making enzyme some more time to convert its starch into sugar, which will give you sweeter sweet potatoes.
How to store and Use SWEET POTATOES IN THE KITCHEN
- Do NOT refrigerate raw sweet potatoes, you may only store the cooked ones. Refrigerating prior to cooking hardens the core of this root vegetable and create sunken spots. This creates an off-taste in them and the vegetable spoils much faster than at room temperature.
- Always store sweet potatoes in a cool dry place. They can keep fresh for weeks just like white potatoes.
- Do not wash and store sweet potatoes until you plan to use them. The moisture promotes spoilage in them.
- Sweet potatoes do taste best when baked. They can be poked with a fork or knife and baked. They take a little longer to get cook- from half an hour to an hour, until they leave their skin a little when you squeeze them.
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Baked Sweet Potatoes chips
Quick Recipe: Slice roasted Sweet potatoes and bake them in your oven, till crisp and brown. Drizzle a little olive oil and spices as per your choice. I prefer a little black pepper and salt. They make great fasting recipe too and satisfy your evening munching or a tea time snack.
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