Just as I seek peace and fitness, I also seek good news about potatoes. Seriously. And then I love to share the good news. This would not be the first time I have mentioned that in my humble opinion, those little tubers have gotten a bad, bad rap from the anti-carb conspiracy. Once again, if a person eats too many of ANY kind of calories, they will get stored as fat. Somehow, its hard for me to swallow that the potatoes are what are making our society over-weight and unhealthy. So, I was particularly happy to read that sweet potatoes are really good for our skin! The beta carotene in them not only helps combat dry, scaly winter skin, but also may protect against UV damage (a double bonus for us in the south enjoying cooler weather and sunshine all at the same time.)
According to the good doctors at RealAge, beta carotene helps balance pH and encourages skin cell turnover. which can help us achieve softer and smoother skin. Loaded with vitamin C, another great nutrient for skin, these gorgeous orange gifts from the earth can combat dryness and aging skin. With 180 calories in a large one, and no cholesterol, (plant foods have NO cholesterol) this powerhouse provides about 7 grams of fiber, humongous amounts of vitamin A, (good for eyes, bones and the immune system) and the anti-oxidants that are so good for our skin also fight against cancer.