Sweet potato health benefits and nutrition facts

Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A (beta-carotene) and Vitamin C.

  • Both Vitamins A and C are powerful antioxidants that work in the body to remove free radicals (chemicals that damage cells).
  • Sweet potatoes are good for stomach ulcers and inflamed conditions of the colon.
  • Sweet potatoes are beneficial for lowering blood pressure.
  • Sweet potatoes may be helpful for hemorrhoid sufferers because of their high fiber content.
  • Sweet potatoes are good for people involved in heavy muscular work, since they are high in vitamins and minerals.
  • Sweet potatoes may help prevent cancer in glands and organs with epithelial tissue due to their high Vitamin A content.
  • Sweet potatoes are good for diabetics, because they help stabilize blood sugar levels.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: one medium.

 

Amount per serving
%Daily Value 
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 00%
Total Fat 0 g0%
Saturated Fat 0 g0%
Cholesterol 0 mg0%
Sodium 10 mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 24 g5%
Dietary Fibre 3 g12%
Sugars
Protein 2 g3%
% Daily Value Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamin A 218% Thiamine 5% Niacin 3%
Folicin 11% Calcium 4% Iron 5%
Manganese 16% Vitamin C 41%
Riboflavin 8% B6 12% Potassium 17%

 

Veggies 1/2 C cooked Score
Vit. A
Vit. B
Folate
Iron
Copper
Calcium
Fiber
Sweet Potato, no skin582XX*XX
Carrots408X**
Spinach241XXXX*X*
Collard Greens181XXX*X
Red Pepper166XX
Kale161XX***
Broccoli145XXX*
White Potato114X*XX
Asparagus75XXX*
Green Peas64XXX*X
Corn39*XX
Green Beans37*X*
Tomatoes37*X
Summer Squash31***

Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter, Dec. 1991, CSPI, Wasington, D.C.
X= contains at least 10% of the USRDA
*= contains between five and nine percent of the USRDA