#thursdaythrive Sweet Potatoes













All about Sweet Potatoes!
- Sweet potatoes are high in Beta Carotene and vitamins E and C.
- Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber when eaten with the skin on.
- Our first president, George Washington grew sweet potatoes on his farmland in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
- North Carolina is the leading producer of sweet potatoes in the United States, producing around 40% of the national supply.  Most of the production is concentrated east of Interstate 95.
- Sweet potatoes have unique health benefits!  They are loaded with vitamins A, C and E - antioxidants that can help prevent heart disease and cancer, bolster the immune system and even slow aging by promoting good vision and healthy skin.  They have been recently reclassified as an "antidiabetic" food.  They are anti-inflammatory and can protect against emphysema.