Ever since I saw that movie Ip Man, I’ve been thinking about sweet potatoes (in the Philippines we call them camote or kamote). The setting of that movie was during the second world war when food was scarce. Ip Man ate hardly anything but that humble root crop, yet it gave him energy to win duels.
Now, we have substantial research evidence that sweet potatoes are really super foods for athletes.
Let me name nine of them:
- Fuel for performance: its carbohydrate is digested and absorbed gradually (provides sustained energy for long workouts)
- High in fiber: it fills you up but does not pile up the calories
- High in multivitamins: vitamins A, C, and E (good for muscle repair and recovery)
- High in minerals: potassium (for muscle contraction, nerve transmission, bone health, water equilibrium and the maintenance of normal blood pressure and copper (for healthy muscles and joints)
- High in Iron (important in the transportation of oxygen to muscles during a workout, minimizing fatigue)
- Versatile – you can steam, bake, boil, roast, grill, microwave them
- Delicious – here’s one healthy food that’s easy on the palate
Tomorrow, I’m buying some.
How about you, do you eat sweet potatoes? What’s the effect on you?
I wish you health, my friends.
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