Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Benefits of Sweet Potatoes to Your Baby

The benefits of sweet potatoes to your baby is awesome! As a Mom, I am quite happy that my daughter loves this food. Sweet potatoes are one of her favorite afternoon snacks. She can consume one whole boiled potato, and even two if I allow her to.
Sweet potatoes have a wide variety. The most common sweet potato you can find in your grocery store is the orange-fleshed one, popularly known as "yam". If you go to Asian supermarkets, you will find 2 to 4 different kinds of sweet potatoes. Finding what I was used to took a little bit of time, but, the search paid of. Japanese yams are the closest variety of sweet potatoes I grew up eating. The flesh is white (turns yellow after boiling), very sweet, and the texture is soft and moist when cooked. I give my daughter boiled Japanese yams for snack and she just rummage the whole plate.
Nutritional Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Your baby gets a lot of nutritional benefits when you give him/her sweet potatoes. It is ranked by the Center for Science in the Public Interest as the number one best food. This sweet-tasting, starchy vegetable is rich in:

  • Beta carotene
  • Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6
  • Potassium, Folate, Calcium
  • Complex carbohydrates
  • Dietary fibers
As Moms, our children's good health is a high priority. Feeding them with the right stuff is not difficult to do. It's not pricey either. You can get a pound of sweet potato between $0.59 to $1.50. All we have to do is look around, do a little bit of research, then act.

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