This soft, creamy vegetable is one of the inexpensive and readily available nutritious vegetable. Sweet potato is a versatile root vegetable that can be used for sweet and savoury dishes. With their natural sweetness, sweet potatoes make a great first food for babies. A medium sized sweet potato is loaded with nutrients like Vitamin A &C, minerals dietary fibre.
Health benefits of sweet potato
Sweet potatoes are rich in both Vitamin C and beta-carotene that helps the immune system fight infections. It also plays an essential role in bone and tooth formation. The high concentration of beta-carotene also aids in improving your child’s eye health.
2. Prevents constipation
The high content of starch in sweet potato helps in regulating healthy digestive tract. Because of the high fibre content they help to prevent constipation in kids.
3. Strong bones
With vitamin-D deficiency becoming common among kids, Vitamin D present in sweet potatoes help in building stronger bones. Vitamin B6 helps in maintaining a healthy heart.
4. Source of Iron
The iron content in sweet potatoes helps in maintaining normal hemoglobin levels. It boosts the production of white blood cells thereby enhancing the body’s resistance power.
5. Asthma relief
Sweet potatoes are rich in potassium. Potassium, Vitamin C and B6(with their anti-oxidant properties) helps in reducing congestion of the nose and lungs thereby giving relief from asthma.
Selection and Storage
- Always select those that are medium sized and free of blemishes or soft spots
- Store them in s cool, dark place with adequate air flow. They should not be refrigerated.
How to include sweet potatoes in your child’s diet
This sweet and crunchy snack will be a sure hit among toddlers and kids. Try this baked sweet potato fries from padhuskitchen.com.
Make sure you add this delicious and nutritious vegetable in your child's meal without fail!