Sweet potatoes are like a gift from Mother Nature. When cooked, an enzyme in the potato breaks down the starch and turns it into something called maltose, which is responsible for the food's sweet flavor. Sweet potatoes are full of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for healthy vision, immunity, and for preventing some types of cancer. Sweet potatoes are also low in calories and high in fiber, making them an ideal food for weight loss or maintenance.
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