Food that calms you down: Sweet potato

Sweet potatoes

By (c) 2005 Jérôme SAUTRET (image by myself) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In this post we will be discussing another type of food that can help you deal with stress and even reduce it, sweet potato. But before we go on I have a confession to make, I don’t like sweet potatoes; I don’t know why but I just don’t like the taste of it, it is so strange to me that I want to spit it out as soon as the taste hits me. But I am just one person and I’m sure that there are a bunch of you out there who absolutely love sweet potatoes so don’t let me hold you back, I just thought that I ought to let you know; anyways moving on.

Anyone who is into health will probably know that sweet potato is very good for you, which may be part of the reason that the stuff helps out with stress. Remember a healthy body contributes to a healthy mind. If you want evidence then here’s an article from care2.com called “9 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes,” by Michelle Schoffro Cook. To sum it up these are the key points that the article covers:

  1. They are high in vitamin B6
  2. They are a good source of vitamin C
  3. They are a good source of vitamin D
  4. Sweet potatoes contain iron and support a healthy immune system
  5. Sweet potatoes are a good source of magnesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral
  6. They are a source of potassium
  7. Sweet potatoes do not cause blood sugar spikes
  8. Sweet potatoes help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging
  9. They are versatile, as in there are many different ways to cook and serve them

To tell you the truth, it is point number 5 that interests me the most. If you want to learn more about the benefits of magnesium then follow this link here they go into a lot of detail about the stuff, even talking about foods and recipes that are rich in magnesium.

I did want to find some articles that talked in depth and exclusively about how sweet potatoes are good for stress. Unfortunately I could only find articles in which stress, and sweet potatoes were a part of it; still it’s better than nothing. Continuing on here are two more articles that make mention of the stress reducing powers of sweet potatoes.

First we have “7 Foods That Reduce Stress,” (http://www.inc.com/barbara-mendez/7-foods-that-reduce-stress.html) by Barbara Mendez, posted on inc.com. If you scroll down to the end of the article you will find point number 7 which talks about sweet potatoes and baby carrots. Among other things they talk about how root vegetables are a good source of carbohydrates and fibre, which boosts the production of the feel good hormone serotonin. Also they mention how the subtly sweet taste of the two foods can help offset sugar cravings.

Next we have “9 Foods That Reduce Stress Levels,” posted on marieclaire.com. If you go to the second point called Sweet Potatoes (written in bold) you’ll see that they talk about how they curb our desire for sweets and carbohydrates, and also they are full of beta-carotene and other good stuff that helps our bodies’ process carbohydrates better.

All in all they make a convincing point that taking sweet potatoes is good for you in more ways than one. So you might want to consider introducing a little sweet potato in to your diet to help keep yourself healthy and to help you cope with stress more, even if you are like me and don’t enjoy the taste of sweet potato. Hey maybe I could learn to love it, who knows.

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