You need to put more sweet potato in your diet

Barely a week goes by without sweet potato featuring somewhere on our menus

Ah, sweet potato - we cook with the orange beauties all the time. They add a fantastic pop of colour, bring a complex sweetness to savoury dishes and have a melt in the mouth texture perfect for a ton of dishes from pies to salads.

sweet potato carries a ton of health benefits

But that's not the only reason you just have to have plenty of sweet potato in your diet. Here are some other reasons - and some tips on the best way to eat it!

Plenty of carbohydrate

Yep, this is a healthy vegetable that will give you all the energy you need to get you through the day, while providing plenty of fibre to make you feel fuller for longer.

Healthier than white potatoes

Normal potatoes usually don’t count as one of your five a day, but sweet potatoes do. They’re both high in fibre but sweet potatoes contain way more essential vitamins and minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Full of antioxidants

The orange or purple pigments in sweet potato have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. That’s great for your heart, energy levels and general health.

Healthier when cooked

You might think that all vegetables are healthier raw – not so! The enzymes in sweet potatoes “wake up” when they’re steamed or boiled.

Needs to be eaten with fat!

The beta carotene in sweet potato, which is great for skin and for your heart, is fat soluble. That means your body processes it better if eaten in a meal with something fatty, like yoghurt or olive oil.

I hope that'll get you chowing down on some more of this fabulous vegetable. Or is sweet potato just not your thing? Let me know what you think.

@JustHospitality