Friday, November 13, 2009

Which vegetable is #1?

Would you believe it’s the sweet potato? According to nutritionists at the Center for Science and Public Interest, the sweet potato ranked #1 in nutrition when compared to other vegetables. Foods were given points for their content of dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars and complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Points were deducted for fat content, sodium, cholesterol, added refined sugars and caffeine. The sweet potato, with a score of 184, easily beat out the second place vegetable, the white potato, by more than 100 points. It’s easy to see why: sweet potatoes have twice the daily allowance of vitamin A, 42% of the vitamin C recommendation and 4 times the RDA of beta carotene. So this Thanksgiving Day, enjoy this yummy and good-for-you treat!

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