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A Sweet Food That Helps You LOSE Weight

Sweet Potatoes & Apples

The guests are pouring in to celebrate the holidays today and I wanted to take a moment to share my delicious breakfast sauté with you.

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy cooking the freshest, most in-season foods whenever you can.

That’s one of many reasons I love to cook sweet potatoes during November and December – when they’re in peak season.

Did you know there are almost 4 hundred varieties of sweet potatoes?

They can be pink, orange, yellow, cream, and even purple!

They can be round like potatoes or scrunched on the ends.  And when you hear an orange-colored root vegetable called a “yam”, this is actually a sweet potato.

Sweet potatoes are sinfully delicious and wildly nutritious; but did you know that sweet potatoes are actually a fantastic food for weight loss, too?

Sweet Potatoes are Nutritious AND Delicious

Sweet potatoes are nature’s leaders in beta-carotene content.

Studies also suggest they raise our bodies’ vitamin A levels.  In fact, one sweet potato has up to 438% of our daily value of Vitamin A!

In order to absorb all of sweet potato’s beta-carotene, it’s important to use 3-5 grams of fat per sweet potato meal!

Sweet potatoes taste like dessert, but are surprisingly low in calories (approximately 102 calories per serving.)

They contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and they even help to regulate blood sugar.  Sweet!

And don’t hesitate to enjoy the sweet potato skin; many of the sweet potato’s nutrients are even more concentrated in the skin.

How Sweet Potatoes Help You Lose Weight

Sweet potatoes, alongside other starchy foods, have been given a bad wrap in certain weight loss communities.

That’s mainly due to the fact that starches can become simple sugars in our digestive tract; resulting in pressure on our bloodstream to take in more sugar.

Normally, this would result in elevated blood sugar.  However, sweet potatoes actually help regulate blood sugar – even in people with type 2 diabetes.

Sweet potatoes also have fiber, and when cooked have a glycemic index rating of about 50; this may also explain why sweet potatoes regulate blood sugar.

Sweet Potatoes Help Regulate Blood Sugar in People With Type 2 Diabetes

We’ve learned that sweet potatoes can help regulate blood sugar for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Sweet potatoes also increase the presence of the protein hormone adiponectin in the blood for Type 2 diabetics.

This hormone is created by our fat cells.

It modifies insulin metabolism; and if you have low levels of adiponectin, this is generally because of poorly-regulated insulin metabolism or insulin insensitivity.

Best Sweet Potato Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic

1 yellow onion

1 tsp. Coconut Oil

1 Large Sweet Potato

1 Granny Smith Apple

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions: 

INSTEAD of coconut oil; I sautéed my onion and garlic in oil that came from a bone marrow broth soup I’ve had simmering for nearly three full days on my stove.  It tastes phenomenal.

Then I added the sweet potatoes in 1-inch cubes and let simmer on low for approximately 30 minutes.  It was just tender enough to be enjoyed, but also because of very sporadic stirring, had nice brown edges on the sweet potatoes.

At the 30-minute mark I added sliced granny smith apples and allowed to simmer on low another 15 minutes before serving.

If you want to add one of the world’s most perfect foods to one of the world’s most perfect vegetables: scramble some eggs and mix them in with your stir-fried sweet potatoes.

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