Many of us know that sweet potatoes are considered a super-food, but they are also a complex carbohydrate, containing resistant starch (RS). Resistant starch is a type of carbohydrate that resists digestion in the small intestine and passes into the colon. The benefit to us?
In the colon, RS is broken down by resident bacteria with potential to promote bowel health and reduce disease of the colon. This form of digestion also provides a feeling of fullness and also helps to burn more fat, boost metabolism and control blood sugar.
Other foods that contain RS are beans, including lentils and white beans, bananas and whole intact grains such as 100% whole wheat pasta, brown rice, oats, quinoa, barley and amaranth to name a few.
More research is being done on RS and is considered a fiber type in addition to the soluble and insoluble fiber that we commonly hear about.
Please keep reading for the Baked Sweet Potato Chips recipe and the nutritional significance of this food.
One cup of baked sweet potatoes contains only 102 calories and almost 430% of our daily requirements for vitamin A, 40% for Vitamin C, 30% for Manganese, 15% of our daily requirements for tryptophan, Potassium, B6 and Fiber as well as 10% for copper and Vitamin B3. An amazing food. See below for an easy recipe using sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes taste great, are flexible in the way we can prepare them and offer up an abundance of nutrition. I often make these delicious baked sweet potato fries and find this to be an easy, adult and kid friendly approach and they go great with ketchup. You can slice them into disks, cut them into wedges or thin finger like shapes. However you slice them, it is a guaranteed way to polish off a tray.
-100% canola oil spray
-2 lg. sweet potatoes
-2 tbsp. granulated garlic
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon black pepper
-2-3 tbsp.of canola oil
Instructions: Slice your sweet potatoes in any shape you prefer, line on a sprayed pan, sprinkle with granulated garlic, black pepper and salt or any of your favorite spices, then drizzle with canola oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes depending upon size and thickness of potatoes, followed by one minute on broil to really crisp them up. Serve with ketchup or any favorite dressing. Enjoy as a snack or part of meal.