Sweet Potatoes


small sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are in season and will surely be on everyone’s menu this Thanksgiving. They seem to go hand in hand with the special holiday celebrations, and fortunately, eating these and other sweet vegetables needn’t be limited to this time of year.

Cravings for sweets can be greatly reduced by adding sweet vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, yams, parsnips, beets, squash, turnips and rutabagas to your daily diet. Sweet potatoes elevate blood sugar gently rather than with the jolt delivered by simple refined carbohydrates, so there’s no energy crash after you eat them.

Much higher in nutrients than white potatoes and especially rich in vitamin A, sweet potatoes offer a creamy consistency that is satisfying and soothing. They are healing to the stomach, spleen, pancreas and reproductive organs and help to remove toxins from the body. They can increase the quantity of milk in lactating women and can lessen cramps and premenstrual symptoms.

If you don’t have any sweet potatoes in your kitchen, be sure to get some  from your local Farmer’s Market (organic if possible) and enjoy them with your Thanksgiving Dinner, or any other meal!


Adapted from write-up by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition