Sweet potatoes – nutritional powerhouses

Source of nutrition in the developing world

Orange sweet potatoes have tremendous nutritional benefits:

Extremely high in fiber – twice the fiber of white potatoes
High in vitamins B6, C, and E
High in manganese

Most of all, orange sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. While vitamin A deficiency is uncommon in developed nations, it is common in the developing world. More than 200 million people worldwide have vitamin A deficiency.

Children, in particular, suffer the effects of vitamin A deficiency in the form of blindness and a compromised immune system.

Here is one way researchers are tackling the problem of vitamin A deficiency…with sweet potatoes.

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