Sweet potatoes can be your healthy snack for weight loss

Sweet potatoes, when boiled and eaten with the skin, can provide approximately 4 grams of fibre for every 100 grams. They provide satiety and fullness, which means it takes care of your hunger pangs, says Dr Manasa Lakshmi Penta, Clinical Dietician at the GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (GIMSR), Visakhapatnam.

Sweet potatoes are nutritionally very rich. Unlike the starchy potato, they are is replete with fibres, vitamins, proteins and minerals. A 100 gm sweet potato contains over 70 per cent water. It provides 28 gm of carbohydrates, 1.6 gm of protein and 120 calories. When cooked and eaten along with its skin, the sweet potato is a good source of fibre, providing 4 grams of fibre for every 100 grams,” says Dr Manasa Lakshmi Penta, Clinical Dietician, GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (GIMSR), Visakhapatnam

Great as post-workout snack
Often in India, sweet potatoes are used to break religious fasts as they are good sources of carbohydrates and known to replenish depleted glycogen levels in the body. “This also makes them a good post-workout snack as they replenish glycogen that gets depleted during exercise. So having sweet potatoes with skin along with a good source of protein, will make it a nourishing post-workout meal. Also, since they take time to be broken down in your body … they keep you fuller for longer and not crave for quick sugar fixes every time your blood glucose levels drop. Further, they also contain vitamin B5 and B6 which helps in maintaining a good metabolism that’s crucial to weight management,” says Dr Penta.

Source: indianexpress.com


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