Why Sweet Potatoes Are Good for You and My Soup Recipe Is so Delicious

Sweet potatoes

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Why sweet potatoes are good for you

  • Rich in beta-carotene, which is an important antioxidant.
  • Low in sodium.
  • Very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • High in fiber. High intakes of dietary fiber may help lower the risk for developing coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and certain gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Good source of vitamin B6, which helps break down homocysteine in the blood. Too much homocysteine is related to a higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.
  • Good source of potassium, which may help lower blood pressure.
  • Very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and manganese.

Are sweet potatoes better than white potatoes?

Last March, Cleveland Clinic’s Health Hub put sweet potatoes up against white potatoes to see if one was better for you than the other. They’re both good for you, but guess which one came out of top? Check out this Cleveland Clinic infographic to find out.

Infographic

Source: Cleveland Clinic’s Health Hub

I love sweet potatoes and happen to have a great soup recipe that is easy to make and oh, so delicious, especially if you like a little zing! I made some last night — the perfect end to a frigid winter’s day. I’ve been making it for years and don’t remember where I got the recipe, but I am extremely thankful I found it. If you recognize it as your own, please let me know and I will make sure to give you credit!

Sweet potato soup

Spicy sweet potato soup, by Diane

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

2 tsp olive or vegetable oil
3 onions, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 TBS fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 1/4 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (about 3 1/2 cups)
2 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground allspice or combination of cinnamon, ground cloves and nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
4 tsp fresh lime juice
2 TBS fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

Heat oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Add onions, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring occasionally until onions soften, about three minutes.

Stir in sweet potatoes, broth, water, salt, allspice and red pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in lime juice.

Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Spoon into four bowls and garnish with cilantro. Serve at once.

This soup has a slight bite to it, which I find quite satisfying.

Enjoy!

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