Quirky appearance aside, the purple sweet potato has numerous health benefits!
Purple stands for a lot of things: But in the case of the purple sweet potato, it stands for significant anti-cancer properties and health benefits, aside from uniqueness.
The purple sweet potato derives its purple colour from anthocyanin, which is known to reduce the risk of cancer. It reportedly even has the ability to slow down certain cancers!
Anthocyanin is the culprit behind the red, blue and purple colours in different types of food. It is present in various coloured fruits and vegetables including blueberries, red grapes and red cabbage.
Sweeter and better for you
Compared to its cousins in the potato family, the purple sweet potato is much sweeter and better for you.
Anti-cancer properties aside, the purple sweet potato (also known as kamote in Japan) is high in fiber, lowers hypertension, bad cholesterol and even blood sugar when eaten as a substitute to rice. It is also high in Vitamin A, C and antioxidants. These compounds increase your body’s immunity and neutralize free radicals, guarding against cancer and heart disease.
Funky dinner dish
Purple sweet potatoes are the latest craze in gourmet cooking. The colour lends certain quirks into a dinner dish owing to unique purple colour. There are several recipes online for purple mashed potatoes and even purple sweet potato milk loaf. We encourage you to give them a try!
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