Monday, April 1, 2013

Sweet Potatoes - The Sweet Truth

The dichotomy of the sweet potato.  

On one hand, it was a root that plagued the plates of children growing up.  Mothers forcing the pile of orange mash down millions of children's throats.  Until finally these children grew into adults and found out that with a little salt and brown sugar, these delectable starches were actually... Yummy!  

In ancient times (dating well before the Incan pyramids) sweet potatoes were found to be an important dietary staple.  While the Elizabethan era took things to a whole new level, declaring sweet potatoes as a powerful aphrodisiac and fertility food... let's just say that plates were cleaned by the end of each meal!

When it comes to juicing, the sweet potato couldn't be higher on the list of orange foods for yummy health benefits.  One small sweet potato contains:
  • More beta-carotene than carrots
  • Over 350% of your daily vitamin A requirement
  • High amounts of vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin E
  • Folate
  • Iron 
  • Copper
  • And the list goes on...
This sweet treat also contains two very important phytochemicals, quercetin and chlorgenic acid.  Combined they have tremendous immune boosting qualities, anti-cancer properties and are incredible for improving the skin's complexion.

Plus... sweet potatoes produce a lot of juice.  It makes for a great base for your juicing regimen.  We highly recommend this root during seasonal transition times.  With all of these health benefits it will help with:
  • Seasonal colds
  • Sinus and head congestion
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Seasonal depression and lack of motivation
  • Lack of sex drive (didn't see that one coming, did you?!)
To help get you started, try this recipe... Sweet Greens
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 handful spinach
So grab a sweet potato on your way through the produce isle and enjoy this sweet treat... guilt free!

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