Nutrition & You...Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious foods from the vegetable group! 1 large sweet potato provides 1 cup of your daily vegetable requirement.
The dark orange potatoes are sweeter than the yellow variety. Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark place, not the refrigerator. They can be baked, broiled, fried, grilled, microwaved, roasted, or steamed. Sweet potatoes keep most of their nutrients when cooked in their skin.
In Ohio, locally grown sweet potatoes are available from September to December and in April and May. Sweet potatoes can be purchased year round.
Sweet Potatoes are:
- Low in calories
- High in Vitamins A & C
- Fat Free
- High in dietary fiber with skin
- Cholesterol free
- Low in sodium
- Good source of potassium
Keep it Safe!
These food safety tips will help protect you and your family:
- Wash hands for 20 seconds with hot water (as hot as you can stand) and soap before and after preparing food
- Wash sweet potatoes under cold running water before peeling or cutting them.
- Cut away damaged or bruised areas. Discard sweet potatoes that look rotten.