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1. Sweet Potatoes
Did you know that there are more than 400 varieties of sweet potatoes? They can be white, yellow, orange, cream, pink, or even purple! Sweet potatoes have super anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds and help to keep blood sugar levels stable.
You can even eat the leaves of sweet potato plants. These, too, have powerful antioxidant properties and are often added to soups. If you can find them, purple sweet potatoes contain more than 3 times the antioxidant power of blueberries. They contain high levels of vitamin C, phosphorus, manganese, copper, potassium, B vitamins and pantothenic acid.
Beets are especially good for your eyes and the nervous system of the body. They have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, and they also provide detox for the body. Beets help prevent heart disease and cancer. The fiber that beets can provide is especially good for your digestive tract.
Even beet juice is good for you and can help you exercise longer, according to a study published in 2009 in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Eight male subjects drank two cups of beet juice every day for six days. Researchers found that the men were able to ride bicycles up to 16 percent longer than they could before they began drinking the beet juice. This study shows that the nitrate content in beet juice leads to an improved use of oxygen in the body.
This is the number one food crop grown throughout the world. Potatoes are super nutritious as long as we aren’t making them in to French fries or piling on the butter and sour cream! Potatoes are a terrific source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, copper, pantothenic acid, and antioxidants.
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