MEET THE BEST LOW-FAT, HIGH-NUTRIENT BANG FOR YOUR CALORIC BUCK.
One serving (1 medium size/4 oz. cooked) of California Sweetpotatoes has only 105 calories and 0g fat or cholesterol, yet contains more than 80 nutrients. While most of these are present in trace amounts, California Sweetpotatoes deliver some key nutrients and nutritional benefits, including:
- 4 grams of fiber (a good source)
- 2 grams of protein
- Vitamin C (a good source)
- Vitamin A (more than a whole day’s worth)
While there’s no legal definition of a “superfood,” according to the Oxford Dictionary, a superfood is: a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. Sweetpotatoes are often touted as superfoods along with other foods, such as blueberries, salmon, broccoli and kale in articles like these.
10 healthy Sweet Potato Recipes - Women’s Health
Calories from fat: 0.39 g
Protein: 2.15 g
Carbohydrate: 31.56 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.9 g
Sodium: 16.9 mg
Potassium: 265.2 mg
Calcium: 28.6 mg
Folate: 18.2 mcg
Vitamin C: 29.51 mg
Vitamin A: 26081.9 IU
( *per serving of one medium sweetpotato )
Source National Agricultural Library (NAL), part of the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture.
Fresh sweet potatoes (U.S. grown, orange flesh varieties) have been certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) to be low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
THE CLEAN 15
Sweetpotatoes were named this year as one of the Clean 15. The Clean 15 is published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the nation’s leading environmental health research and advocacy organization, as part of the 2013 Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The Clean 15 refers to the 15 types of produce that are least likely to test positive for pesticide residues. Other types of produce named were: asparagus, avocado, cabbage, cantaloupe, sweet corn, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangos, mushrooms, onions, papayas, pineapples, sweet peas (frozen).