“…will comfort, nourish, and strengthen the body, vehemently procuring bodily lust”
John Gerard 1500s
During the time of Shakespeare, the sweet potato was the most popular aphrodisiac. “To eat or not to eat” was not the question; every good man finished their supper of sweet love. Long before Shakespeare, archeologists discovered the remains of sweet potatoes in pre-Incan ruins of Peru. Today this orange root has become so popular that in North Carolina it was declared the official state vegetable in 1995. And most good restaurants are offering sweet potato fries these days.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Sweet Potato Juice
Sweet Potato Juice Nutrition
Sweet potatoes are one of the greatest sources of beta-carotene of all vegetables, even higher than carrots. In fact, only 112 calories (a small sweet potato) contains 369% of your daily need of vitamin A. They are also plenteous in vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and carbohydrates, and are a good source of fiber. Surprisingly, they are even a rare low-fat source of vitamin E. Choosing from 58 vegetables, the Center for Science in the Public Interest ranked sweet potatoes as number one in Vitamins A and C, folate, iron, copper calcium, and fiber, far below the white potato. History has shown that people can live exclusively on sweet potatoes and remain healthy and strong.
While savoring a mouthful of sweet potato, (garnished with a dab of butter, pinch of salt and a sprinkle of cinnamon and sucanat), I have often marveled how the far less tasty and lower in nutrition white potato became so much more popular than this sweet treat. In my opinion, sweet potato fries kill regular bland fries in taste. It’s no wonder you have to dress standard fries up will all manner of sauces, yet sweet potato fries are perfectly delicious in their nakedness. But I digress, this is a juice article.
Sweet Potato Juice is an excellent source of:
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
- Chlorogenic Acid
Sweet Potato Juice is a good source of:
- Vitamin C
- Fibre (when eaten)
- Folate Acid
- Vitamin E
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Sweet Potato Juice
On top of being a highly nutritious food, sweet potatoes contain phytochemicals including quercetin and chlorogenic acid. Both have been shown to be effective in fighting cancer. Also, they are a good source of immune-boosting carotenoids. Tim Kramer, a USDA immunologist, studied twelve volunteers, who for three weeks lunched on kale, sweet potatoes and a glass of tomato juice. This was literally a carotenoid cocktail, (beta-carotene in sweet potatoes, lutein in kale and lycopene in tomato juice). The results were nothing short of stunning. In just three weeks, all twelve volunteers had a 33 percent increase in immune response as gauged by the T-cell’s ability to multiply. This is very significant, because the body does not store T-cells, but produces them as an emergency response to an invader, like a cold, flu or worse.
Preparing for Juicing
I have had a surprising number of emails asking if they should juice sweet potatoes raw or cooked. I suppose it’s hard to get some people’s head around consuming a food that is normally baked, buttered and salted, but the answer is raw. And it is as sweet and tasty raw as cooked, minus all the fat calories. I even enjoy eating raw sweet potatoes sticks. I think they taste better than raw carrot sticks and have wondered why they have not caught on in the same way.
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Sweet Potato Juice Tips
Sweet potatoes can be added to any fruit juice, giving the juice a smooth, milkshake-like taste to die for. You will be pleasantly surprised!
Picking Perfect Produce
The darker the color, the higher the vitamin content. Look for firm, not too large sweet potatoes that are tapered at both ends. Skin should be smooth without brown spots.
Storing Your Produce
Will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks. Do not store in plastic bags, but allow to run loose in crisper.
Carrot and sweet potato juice is tasty and outstanding for the complexion. My all-time favorite juice combination is orange, pineapple, and sweet potato. It tastes so rich it almost feels like I am breaking my fast when sipping on this thick, pleasure-in-a-cup. Often the success or failure of a fast has more to do with what goes on in the head than the body. A little trick I use to provide motivation and give me something to look forward to is I will refuse to indulge myself with this favorite mix until halfway into the fast. On day 15 of a 30-day juice fast, that sultry mix of anticipation, orange, pineapple, and sweet potato, tastes better than any candy store offering, and without the guilt.
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