Sweet potatoes, once considered a strictly Thanksgiving food have taken the world by storm. It’s no wonder why everyone’s catching on to these sweet and healthy treats. They are jam packed with health benefits including…
– Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin C. Not only does vitamin C fight cold and flu viruses, it also produces collagen making the skin appear healthy and youthful. Vitamin C has also been known to help the body handle stress.
– High levels of vitamin B6 have been known to reduce a chemical called homocysteine in the body, thus reducing the occurrence of heart attacks.
– Vitamin D boosts our immune system as well as promotes a healthy mood, high levels of energy, and healthy bones, skin, and teeth.
– Potassium is a key electrolyte which helps to regulate the heart beat. It also supports healthy muscle and kidney function.
– Magnesium aka the anti stress mineral is present in sweet potatoes. It also plays an important role in healthy heart and nerve function. Magnesium has also been known to help with sleep disorders.
– Iron helps our bodies to metabolize protein, cope with stress, and function at their best.
– Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene which is said to strengthen eyesight, boost immunity, and even ward off certain cancers.
– The natural sugars in sweet potatoes help to regulate blood sugar, combating fatigue and weight gain.
– Lastly, sweet potatoes are delicious! Enjoy them at your holiday meal, or any meal for that matter and take advantage of their amazing health benefits.
You probably wouldn’t think twice about spreading some peanut butter on your morning toast or maybe even eating it right out of the jar… but have you ever considered it’s undervalued colleague, sunflower seed butter?
Sunbutter packs a powerful punch when it comes to health benefits… high levels of unsaturated fat [the good kind of fat], zinc, magnesium, and vitamin E to name a few. A tablespoon of sunbutter contains around 100 calories, similar to peanut butter. It also contains similar amounts of protein and sugar, however, it contains less saturated fat and twice as much fiber.
The skinny on fat: While saturated fats can lead to heart disease among other things, unsaturated fats can lower cholesterol and help to fight inflammation. At 9 grams of fat per tablespoon and nearly 90 percent of those fats being the unsaturated kind, sunbutter can be a great way to incorporate healthy fats into your diet.
Sunbutter also contains high levels of vitamin E. Just one tablespoon contains 25 percent of the recommended daily intake. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that fights free radicals and battles inflammation. Vitamin E promotes circulation of the blood which is wonderful for your skin and hair.
Magnesium is extremely important in order for your body to function properly. Over 300 metabolic processes depend on it. Magnesium can help to fight osteoporosis, relieve PMS, and improve the parathyroid function. It also protects against cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Magnesium has been proven beneficial in the battle against diabetes. It can also help with migraines, insomnia, and depression.
All in all, sunflower seed butter can make a great addition to your diet. It is packed with so many health benefits and it’s tasty too. It’s a wonderful alternative for people with various nut allergies. Remember this post about MUFAs? Sunflower seeds are loaded with omega-3s making them a wonderful option. Pick up a jar at your local health food store. You and your body are in for a healthy treat.