Sweet potatoes (or yams) are an incredibly healthy vegetable, packed with a huge amount of vitamins and minerals. But what is the healthiest, and best, way to cook them? They are so versatile that they can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, and there is a huge variety of different recipes that use sweet potatoes. But, if you are looking for the healthiest way to cook sweet potatoes on their own, and the best way to cook them to release their myriad health benefits, then read on.
Sweet potatoes are an incredibly healthy vegetable, packed with even more good stuff than their cousins, the standard potato.
Sweet potatoes are starchy, and contain a lot of dietary fibre which is good for the digestion, as well as complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene (an excellent source of Vitamin A), Vitamin B5, Manganese and Vitamin C.
They are also high in antioxidants, the agents that help protect your body from free radicals that may cause cancer and other chronic diseases.
Sweet potatoes can help your eye health too, thanks to the Vitamin A in the beta-carotene, which can help prevent damage to your eye cells.
Interestingly, sweet potatoes have also been shown to have an effect on memory and learning, by reducing inflammation in the brain – however this effect has only been studied in mice.
You may have to stick to a revision timetable rather than relying on sweet potatoes to help you pass your exams!
Boiling sweet potatoes is a very easy and effective way of cooking them. You can either leave the skins on, as there is a lot of nutrition in the skins, or you can easily peel them if you prefer to have boiled sweet potatoes without skins. Removing the skins will certainly give you a creamier mash! Boiling sweet potatoes is easy and quick:
Boiling sweet potatoes is a really simple and quick way of producing a delicious bowl of nutrition. However, it may not the tastiest way to cook them – you will experience the delicious taste of sweet potatoes in a very simple way, but there are more flavourful ways to enjoy them.
Baking sweet potatoes is very easy – in fact it is probably the easiest way of cooking one. Very little effort is required – simply pre heat the oven, pop a sweet potato onto a baking tray, then sit back and wait for half an hour!
One great thing about roasting the sweet potatoes is that you usually leave the skins on, meaning that you can benefit from all the extra nutrients.
There are a few different ways of baking sweet potatoes:
Baking sweet potatoes releases their soft creamy texture, as well as combining with cooking fat to help release the Vitamin A.
Also, the baking process seems to render the delicious taste of sweet potatoes even more palatable. Just be careful not to overdo it on the cooking oil, as sweet potatoes release moisture as they are cooking, and if you add too much oil you may end up with a soggy mess!
Sweet potatoes retain most of their goodness when they are cooked with a little fat – think of coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil – the addition of this fat means that more of the Vitamin A in the beta-carotene is available, as it is a fat soluble nutrient.
Sweet potatoes are not only tasty and warming, but they are also incredibly good for you (and also for your pets ). They are very versatile, and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, and as a substitute for a standard potato – but which is a healthier cooking method, boiling or baking?
The answer is that they are pretty healthy no matter how you cook them, so the best answer to this question is, which type do you prefer? You will have to cook a lot of different types of sweet potato to work this out – I’m sure this won’t be too much of a trial!more