I first tasted a sweet potato when I was a child. My grand mother cooked it in a pure type dish, which I really did not fancy and I did not like it at all. That ended up in my bad books for vegetables.

sweet potato is a super hero food

A few years later, I was introduced to a very simple dish, which featured sweet potatoes as the main ingredient. And since that day, I can only say that they truly are a fantastic vegetable.

As for many people, this type of potato is one that is at the top of the food chain and somehow qualifies as a super food.

First, their taste is just fabulous. Second, they are highly nutritious for your body. And third, these potatoes are qualified as super food because they have some hidden properties that makes them unique. Simply put, they are a must eat veggie.

Why Sweet Potatoes Are Super Hero Food?

Being tasteful and highly nutritious does not make you a super hero food.

Having said so, when you eat a sweet potato, you get to eat some anti cancer food. This is what makes this type of potato a super hero food.

What can sweet potatoes do for you?

Sweet potatoes have been investigated at length and studies shows that they are ultra rich in anti-cancer properties.

It was not too long ago since scientist started to show interest to this weird colorful vegetable. It is just over 100 years ago (only a century), since researcher found that sweet potatoes contain a protein that can help our bodies.

This protein was shown to be able to fight cancer.

Leukemia, which is one of the most difficult cancer to deal with was were scientist focused their efforts. They tested the potato protein against this disease. And it proved to be highly successful.

Results from the tests showed that the sweet potato protein can slow the develop of leukemia cells.

What Scientists did?

First, scientists needed to define if their initial findings were appropriate. So they embarked into a process where they could target cancers. So they aimed at tongue cancer.

They took the potato protein and applied it to people who had this form of cancer.

The choice for this cancer was due to the fact that tong cancer was treated with chemotherapy. Such treatment was at the time and even today associated with too many side effects.

They effectively wanted a solution that was natural with almost no side effects.

The end results from the tests were outstanding. They showed that sweet potatoes protein can reduce bad cancer cells.

But this test really showed, is that the protein can do this in a matter of days (this was done in vitro). This success that the protein could be a real cure for this type of cancer.

This was encouraging and scientists went even further.

The protein was applied to a selected 9 women. These had contracted cervical cancer.

The good news is that the protein found its way to the bloodstream. Unfortunately this was for only two cases. Pretty low results you would say. Well no. It is just under 25% success rate.

Why this is so important? Because many times, the protein gets digested and your body flush it. However, with sweet potatoes, it seems that the protein stays in your body, finds its way in the blood stream. This means it can fight cancer actively.

Is it effective on other cancer?

Well the protein was tested on one of the deadliest cancer, that is colorectal cancer. Again sweet potato protein delivered positive results.

What it did was incredible for scientists. It  just stopped the development of the cancer. It also minimized the invasion and migration of cancer cells; meaning that the cells could not deploy across your body.

That is why sweet potatoes are called super hero food and are one of the greatest vegetable on earth. We should definitely plant these in our gardens, or buy them to consume in nice recipes.

A quick sweet potato recipe

You may recall from the beginning of the article that I did not enjoy my first meeting with sweet potatoes.

Then I was introduce to a great recipe by my mum who was experimenting ways to get me to eat them. My mum is a great fan of sweet potatoes and she was adamant that I would one day eat this no matter what.

Well I can tell you that she was successful. Here is what she did.

First she took a couple of sweet potatoes.

She peeled a few and did not for the others.

Then she cut the peeled potatoes in chips form.

Uncooked sweet potato chips

She put them in boiled oil.

What she ended up with is Sweet Potato Chips.

She repeated this with the unpeeled potatoes.

Finally cooked sweet potato chips

How did she make me eat sweet potatoes – The trick?

She served the lot on a plate. First a little bit of sweet chips and some coriander on top of these. On a side she added some fresh salads. And that’s it.

She did the same with the unpeeled potatoes.

A little bit of mayo and that was all.

She added that if I tried the sweet potatoes than she’d take me out for an ice cream. I remember this day as I was not really happy to again try out this type of potatoes. But the ice cream did the trick.

I ended up eating a piece, and another, and another one till I finished my plate. I did not eat the salad yet.

Then mum said, eat the second plate. This one had unpeeled chips. I looked at her, and then went for it.

Guess what, since that day I eat sweet potatoes. And I am glad about that. Especially that it is a super hero food and all of us should go buy them and eat them.

Simplicity is what makes great food. Here is a fantastically simple recipe for you with great side effect against cancer.

So enjoy and see you in another article.

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