December 15, 2012

Veggie Fact of the Day

Purple Sweet potatoes are the edible tubers of the sweet potato plants. Compared to their orange counterparts, purple sweet potatoes are much higher in vitamin A than other varieties of sweet potatoes. Each cup of purple sweet potatoes contains only about  114 calories, with 2 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates and no fat or cholesterol. Each cup of purple sweet potatoes provides almost 375% of the RDA for Vitamin A. 

Stokes is probably the biggest local (US) supplier of purple sweet potatoes. Along with the high Vitamin A content, purple sweet potatoes are loaded with anthocyanins, which cause the rich purple color, and other polyphenolic compounds which have antioxidant properties. Purple sweet potatoes are also diabetic friendly, with a lower glycemic index than white potatoes.

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