Sweet potato for diabetes

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.



Is sweet potato good for diabetes?

Although, apparently, a food may seem inappropriate for diabetes because of its sweet taste, the fact is that sweet potato is a beneficial food in type II diabetes, as demonstrated by scientific studies.

What sweet potato components are suitable for diabetes?

Nutritionally, sweet potato is rich in carbohydrates, so it must be consumed in balanced rations (100g. of sweet potato equals 24g of carbohydrates). However, this tuber also contains pectin fiber, which reduces the absorption of sugar contained in the food, as well as vitamins, minerals and nutrients beneficial in diabetic disease.

Sweet potato possesses at least 10 components to diabetes. Among them, we should highlight The following:


Minerals: copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc

Vitamins: niacin, tocopherol

Flavonoids: quercetin

These components act by improving circulation and cardiovascular system (arginine, tocopherol, quercetin), and because of its hypoglycemic effect.

In one study, the effects of white-fleshed sweet potato in diabetic animals fed this plant for 8 weeks were evaluated. The results showed an improvement in pancreatic cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

29 April, 2019

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