Make Your Life Sweeter and Healthier, One Bite at a Time

Make Your Life Sweeter and Healthier, One Bite at a Time

Potatoes sure make our world go round. We use them in a wide variety of foods including baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, fries, chips, and even tacos. They even come in all shapes, sizes, and colors including white, red, purple, blue, yellow, and orange.

There is one potato, however, that stands out amongst the rest - the sweet potato!

Have you ever wondered what makes the sweet potato sweet when other potatoes aren’t and why they have their own distinct taste? 

Let the good folks at Baked Smart Cookie give you the lowdown on one of our secretly delicious ingredients. 

The Sweet Potato Secret

For starters, sweet potatoes are a naturally sweet superfood that can be just as tasty as candies and chocolates, but without all the terrible side effects, like causing cavities and other health issues. 

So, what’s their secret?

Well, just like other potatoes, sweet potatoes are mostly starch, but what differentiates them from the rest are the enzymes they possess. When you start cooking sweet potatoes, the enzymes get to work breaking down the tasteless starch into maltose, which is a sugar. 

Maltose isn’t as sweet as table sugar but is definitely sweet enough.

However, the real magic lies behind your ability to control how sweet you want your sweet potatoes to be. What determines the amount of sweetness is the length of time and temperature you choose to cook your sweet potatoes for. 

Cooking them between 135- and 170-degrees Fahrenheit is optimal for getting that sweetness you desire. At this temperature, the enzymes will start to do their job and break down the starches. The longer you cook your potatoes, the sweeter they will be.

Why You Should Eat More Sweet Potatoes

1. Great source of vitamins.
Sweet potatoes provide a range of vitamins and minerals that help to support our health. Plus, because of their sweetness, they may be preferable for those who don’t like to eat their vegetables, especially children. 
One cup of baked sweet potato provides about half of your recommended vitamin C intake. Additionally, eating this much sweet potato is also a great source of vitamin A, which aids in maintaining skin, organ function, and vision.
2. Doesn’t cause sugar spikes. 
One assumption many have is that sweet potatoes can be bad due to the amount of sugar they have. It’s important to know, however, that even though it is a “sweet” potato, that doesn’t mean that the sugar content is bad for you. 
In reality, all foods have carbohydrates that can be broken down into sugars that help to fuel our bodies. What’s most important is the type and amount of carbohydrates you consume. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of “good” sugar, and don’t cause sugar spikes due to having a lower glycemic index in comparison to regular white potatoes. 
3. Helps to improve hair and skin.
Due to high levels of vitamin A, C, and E, sweet potatoes help with skin and hair health, and can even help repair skin exposed to UV light. An added benefit of these vitamins is that they help to slow down the aging process, helping you to maintain a youthful look.

How to Get More Sweet Potatoes in Your Diet

Now that we know that sweet potatoes are good for you, let’s discuss how to incorporate them into your diet. 

If you are new to eating sweet potatoes, or don’t eat a lot but want to increase your intake, taking small steps is what it's all about. Eat what you can, when you can, and over time, you will get better at incorporating them into your diet.

Eating more sweet potatoes can be made even simpler with Baked Smart Cookie. And you wouldn’t even know it with this one-of-a-kind cookie! 

What makes Baked Smart Cookie so unique is that it’s baked with 4 vegetables and 4 fruits, including sweet potatoes. This amazingly healthy cookie offers half a serving of fruits and vegetables per 52-gram serving.

Baked Smart Cookie provides the nutrients your family needs, especially for children who might not enjoy veggies. To make it even more enticing, this healthy cookie is non-GMO, vegan, peanut-free, organic, and soy-free.

Order your Baked Smart Cookies today and start incorporating more healthy foods into your family’s diet!

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