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Benefits of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi) And Its Side Effects

Sweet potatoes have numerous health benefits. From being one of the best sources of vitamin A to being an excellent facilitator of digestion. Also, it helps in maintaining water balance in the body and helps in treating cancer. Sweet potatoes also help in boosting the immune system.

Benefits of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi) And Its Side Effects

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Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Nutritional Value of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Health Benefits of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Rich in Vitamin B6
Rich source of ascorbic acid
Rich source of Vitamin D
Good source of iron
Generous amount of Magnesium
Rich in potassium
Contains choline
Minimises sugar absorption
Improves digestion
Promotes weight gain
High in antioxidants
Excellent source of Vitamin A
Uses of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Origin And Cultivation of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)

Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)

Sweet potato is a root vegetable. It is a dicotyledonous plant which is characterized by its seed having two embryonic leaves better known as cotyledons and belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. Sweet potato’s scientific name is Ipomoea Batatas. It is not really related to regular potato (Solanum Tuberosum) though they appear so. But both belong to the same taxonomic order Solanales. Sweet potato is native to American Tropic regions and tastes mild to moderate sweet. Variants with white flesh are less sweet and moist as compared to the pink or red flesh which is very sweet.

Nutritional Value of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)

Sweet potato is one of the top 10 natural foods with a high nutrient value other than Maize, White and Brown Rice, Wheat, Cassava, Soybean, etc.
Sweet potato has also been found to have higher nutrient density than cereals. As for the nutritional facts, sweet potato contains 86 calories per 100 grams. The total fat content per 100 grams is 0.1 g with no saturated, polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fat. It also does not contain any cholesterol. Sweet potato is an excellent source of Vitamin A and a good source of potassium, sodium, carbohydrate, and fibre.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Health Benefits of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)

Rich in Vitamin B6

Sweet potato is rich in Vitamin B6, which is also known as Pyridoxamine. Vitamin B6 takes care of our body’s metabolism, enhancing our immune system, influencing co-enzymatic activities, hormonal balance and maintaining liver function. People deficient in Vitamin B6 has been found to be very irritated and feels confused. Worst case scenario is suffering from anemia, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin B6 also takes care of the nervous system, and deficient persons are known to have Neuro-Psychiatric disorders like seizures and migraines.

Rich source of ascorbic acid

Sweet potato is a rich source of Ascorbic acid, better known as Vitamin C and is extremely beneficial to maintain our body’s peristalsis. This is the default movement of anything that gets inside our digestive system through the oral cavity. Deficiency in Vit C is found to be associated with people having vomiting tendency and constipation. Vitamin C is also used for the treatment of Scurvy. It also minimizes the aggravation of common cold symptoms but does not provide any therapeutic advantage.

Rich source of Vitamin D

Sweet Potatoes are a rich source of Vitamin D which is vital for calcium deposition and storage in our body. Deficiency in Vit D is bound to cause the lowering of density of the bone which can be investigated through Bone Mineral test. It also acts as a catalyst in preventing cancer, type 1 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. An adequate amount of Vit D is necessary for phosphorus absorption too. Sweet potatoes are extremely beneficial for individuals living with minimum exposure to sunlight which is the primary sources of Vit D synthesis in our body.

Good source of iron

Sweet Potatoes have enough iron for hemoglobin and red blood corpuscles formation. RBCs maintain healthy immune system, by protecting against the pathogens invading our body. Hemoglobin is the principal carrier of oxygen in the body. Iron also moves with Oxygen and is the primary cause for the red color of the blood. Iron deficiency can result in anemia.

Generous amount of Magnesium

Sweet potatoes contain generous amounts of Magnesium which maintains the normal heart beats in the human body. It also helps in regulating blood sugar levels and is also associated with energy metabolism and protein synthesis. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and plays a vital role as an anti-stress element and acts as a relaxant. It also plays a major role in over 300 enzymatic reactions.

Rich in potassium

Sweet potatoes are rich in Potassium which regulates heartbeats, electrolyte functions, and nervous system. It is the third most abundant mineral found in the human body and is a highly vital element. Potassium deficient persons experience sudden bouts of palpitations, anemia, and headaches. It has been found to stimulate neural activity. Potassium acts as a vasodilator and allows blood vessels to relax when found in reasonable quantity. It stabilizes blood sugar and reduces muscle disorders like cramps. Sweet potato has the right combination of low sodium and high potassium content which is beneficial for maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

Contains choline

Sweet potatoes contain a nutrient called choline which is a versatile component essential for numerous aspects such as sleep, learning, memory, and muscle movement. And it is highly helpful in reducing inflammation. It is also beneficial for absorbing fat. Moreover, the nutrient is involved in the structure of cellular membranes and aids in transmitting the nerve impulses. A choline deficiency can lead to the non-alcoholic fatty liver condition.

Minimises sugar absorption

Though sweet potato is known for its sweetness, it has never been found responsible for a hyperglycemic attack, which is found amongst persons taking high calories diet after a long gap in eating. It has a glycemic load of 17 whereas regular potatoes which are found responsible for the hyperglycemic attack has a glycemic load of 29. Hyperglycemic persons are known to have trouble with vision and less focus on a task. Sweet potato has a high-fat content which minimizes the sugar absorption in our body. It does not increase the thirst level of people who ate a sweet potato after a long gap.

Improves digestion

Sweet potatoes improve digestion because of its high fiber content. Acting synergistically with magnesium, they enhance our digestion process naturally. All the contents of sweet potato are very soothing for the stomach and intestines. It consists of starch which individuals can easily digest. It removes the risk of constipation which is beneficial for a geriatric person with cardiovascular diseases.

Promotes weight gain

Sweet potatoes enhance weight gain as they contain complex starch, minerals, vitamins and some proteins. They facilitate muscle build up and are beneficial for individuals preferring to gain weight. People suffering from an extended illness like tuberculosis and other diseases are advised to eat sweet potato on a regular basis.

High in antioxidants

Studies at Harvard University showed that Sweet potato is high in antioxidants and acts as an anti-aging element by keeping skin wrinkles away. The purple variant of sweet potato is more beneficial in this case rather than white one. Of late, many celebrities have been found on Sweet Potato diet and states baked sweet potato as their age-defying secret.

Excellent source of Vitamin A

Sweet potato contains Vitamin A in the form of carotenes which takes care of cancer and enhances the breakdown of histamines and prevents Asthmatic attacks. It reduces the congestion in our airways leading to lungs. It also reduces inflammatory diseases like Arthritis and Gout. Vitamin A deficient individuals suffer from dry cornea which leads to eye problems. And is also beneficial during pregnancy and lactation to synthesize the required hormones.

Uses of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)

Sweet potatoes are extensively utilized in the culinary world, be it home or restaurants, for its flavor and the nutritional benefits. Sweet potato is used for making natural and long-lasting dyes by extracting the juice and mixing with lime juice. Its plant is also used as an ornamental vine. Apart from these usages, it is also used as fodder in most of the animal husbandry units all over the world. This is extensively produced for manufacturing industrial alcohol. Many Taiwanese organizations make alcoholic fuel from Sweet potato. They are also found to be the main ingredient in Moche Ceramics.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)

Sweet Potatoes generally don’t have any side effects except while consumed in excessive quantities. Sweet potatoes are high in oxalates, and too much of its consumption has been found to generate calcium oxalate kidney stones. They are also associated with some skin issues as an excess of Vitamin A in our body can cause our skin and nail developing orangish color. They are also known to cause stomach bloating, ache and diarrhea in people who are sensitive to the food.

Origin And Cultivation of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)

Sweet Potatoes generally don’t have any side effects except while consumed in excessive quantities. Sweet potatoes are high in oxalates, and too much of its consumption has been found to generate calcium oxalate kidney stones. They are also associated with some skin issues as an excess of Vitamin A in our body can cause our skin and nail developing orangish color. They are also known to cause stomach bloating, ache and diarrhea in people who are sensitive to the food.

Popular Questions & Answers

I want to take some information about the all those foods which are helping to gain weight and makes fat, please kindly get me some tips about it,

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
You need to take high protein foods like all milk and milk products, eggs, pulses, sprouts, nuts, tofu, rajmah, chole, soyabean, paneer, chicken, fish etc. To gain muscle mass.
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Some other nutrition told me you have to increase 10 kg. And my appearance is very skinny thus why I ask.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Anand
Hello According to your height and weight your BMI is normal 19.4 but if you increase your weight approximately 10 kg your BMI should become 22.5 means it's good BMI according to your height and weight. Some weight gain tips :- 1) Add lots of energy and protein to your daily meals. 2) Don't drink water before meals. 3) Don't skip meals especially breakfast. 4) Take at least 6 to 7 meals in the day. 5) Use big plates. 6) Take fresh fruits and vegetables. 7) Do some exercise. 8) Take milk and milk products. 9) Maintain your daily meals timing. 10) Take restful sleep. Some foods for weight gain :- 1) Milk 2) Cheese 3) Almond 4) Egg 5) Banana 6) Brown bread 7) Dark chocolate 8) Fresh cream 9) Olive oil 10) Sweet potato.
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I am suffering from light weight. .sir why my weight not increasing and my hight also not increases.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Anand
Hello Some weight gain tips :- 1) Eat lots of protein. 2) Eat lots of carbs and fats, at least 3 times per day. 3) Eat lots of energy dense foods, and use sauces, spices and condiments. 5) Don't drink water before meals. 6) Don't skip meals. 7) Take 6 to 7 meals every day. 8) Drink milk. 9) Try weight gainer shakes. 10) Use bigger plates. 11) Add cream to your coffee. 12) Get qualityful sleep. Some weight gain foods :- 1) Nuts 2) Dried fruits 3) milk and milk products 4) Olive oil 5) Whole grain 6) Oats 7) Brown rice 8) Potato 9) Sweet potato 10) Dark chocolate 11) Avacado 12) Peanut butter Some weight gain exercise :- 1) Push-up 2) Pull-up 3) Swimming 4) Jogging 5) Walking 6) Squats 7) Yoga 8) lunges.
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Popular Health Tips

Can Egg Help Increase Your Child's Height?

Fellowship in Neonatology, MRCPCH(UK), Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Delhi
Can Egg Help Increase Your Child's Height?

Did you know that there are certain foods that increase your child's height naturally? Foods that are rich in essential nutrients such as Vitamins, Calcium, Zinc, Magnesium etc can prove to be highly instrumental in adding extra inches to your child's height. Read on...

1. Whole Grains - Whole grains are rich sources of Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B, which play a very vital role in promoting your child's growth during his/her budding years. Additionally, whole grains also contain calories and carbohydrates, which ensure the maintenance of proper weight in your child, imparting him/her with the requisite energy to go on throughout the day. Feed your child whole-grain breads, cereals and pastas to make him healthier and taller.

2. Milk - Milk contains calcium and Vitamin D, which help in bone development during the growing years of a child, besides increasing his/her physical strength. Milk also helps in assimilating different proteins making it one of the best foods to be consumed by your child for attaining a good height. Three servings of milk, or milk products such as cheese or yoghurt, each day will suffice your child's Vitamin D and calcium requirement.

3. Fruits and Vegetables - Fruits are excellent sources of Vitamin A, which is instrumental in ensuring an enhanced rate of bone growth in your child, consequently making him/her taller. You can include carrots, mangoes, sweet potatoes, spinach etc. in your child?s diet to aid his/her height growth. It's advisable to provide him/her with 3 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

4. Eggs - To ensure that your child grows taller naturally, providing him/her with a protein rich diet is very crucial. Eggs contain ample amount of protein needed to keep your child energetic throughout the day and help him/her grow taller. One to two eggs per day is considered to be the ideal intake amount for a child.

5. Soybeans - Soybeans are rich sources of protein and help in enhancing the growth of bones and muscles of your child, which in turn adds to his/her height during the budding years. You can cook various soybean dishes or you can add ground soybean powder to the dough while making rotis to make soybean a part of your child?s diet.

Although a child's height is also dependent on his/her genes, a well balanced diet containing these super-foods will increase your child's chances of growing to the fullest to attain a good height.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Foods For Hair Growth

BHMS
Homeopath, Ahmedabad
Foods For Hair Growth
  • Salmon. This fish is loaded with the strong hair supporters like vitamin D and protein, and it also contains omega-3 fatty acids that promote hair growth by keeping your scalp healthy.
  • Yellow peppers
  • Oysters
  • Eggs
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Avocados
  • Almonds
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Diabetes - 5 Tips To Control It!

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
Diabetes - 5 Tips To Control It!

Diabetes is a lifestyle disease that can easily be managed by controlling our diet. Along with being aware of your sugar intake, your diet should help you lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, this does not mean you have to resign yourself to a lifetime of tasteless food.

Here are a few diet tips that can help manage diabetes: 

  1. Choose high fiber carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are an essential element of the daily diet but have a huge impact on blood sugar levels. Hence, it is important to pick the right carbohydrates. Your diet should have a limited amount of refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, soda etc. and should be focused more on high fiber carbohydrates such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, rolled oats and bran flakes that are digested slowly. This prevents your body from producing excessive insulin.
  2. Be sweet smart: The key to indulge your sweet tooth and controlling diabetes is moderation. Abruptly, removing sugar from your diet can make you crave for it. Instead, gradually lower your sugar intake. If you can't miss out on the dessert at the end of a meal, reduce the amount of carbohydrates in your meal. Adding healthy fats like peanut butter, yogurt or nuts to your dessert can also slow down the digestive process and thus control blood sugar level.
  3. Keep a food diary: When you are diabetic, it is very important to eat at regular intervals. Eating frequent, small meals are often better than fewer large meals. Try and maintain a food diary to keep track of your calorie intake. This helps identify problem areas of where your body is getting excessive calories from. When you are aware of the calories associated with things you eat, it is easier to cut down on snacks and replace unhealthy snacks with healthier options.
  4. Choose fats wisely: It is impossible to completely cut out fats from your diet. While some fats such as liquid vegetable oils and commercial baked goods are unhealthy, others have important health benefits. Unsaturated fats are the healthiest and safest. Replacing your vegetable cooking oil for olive oil and biscuits with nuts are easy ways to make smart choices with your fat intake.
  5. Go green: Green leafy vegetables are low on carbohydrates and high on nutrients. Thus, make them an integral part of your meal. Vegetables like kale, spinach, lettuce, etc. can be eaten raw or cooked. Along with being nutritious, they also add texture and color to your meals, thus making them more visually appealing.
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Causes, Symptoms and Treatment for Night Blindness

MBBS, MD - Ophthalmology, Vitreoretina and Uvea
Ophthalmologist, Gurgaon
Causes, Symptoms and Treatment for Night Blindness

Night blindness is also called nyctalopia.It's a type of vision impairment. People with night blindness experience poor vision at night or in dimly lit environments. It is not a disease in itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem, usually a retina problem.

What Causes Night Blindness?
A number of eye conditions can cause night blindness, including:

  1. Nearsightedness or blurred vision when looking at faraway objects.
  2. Cataracts or clouding of the eye's lens.
  3. Retinitis pigmentosa, which occurs when dark pigment collects in your retina and creates tunnel vision.
  4. Vitamin A Deficiency
  5. Zinc Deficiency
  6. Dry Eyes
  7. Diabetes

Are the Symptoms of Night Blindness?
The sole symptom of night blindness is difficulty seeing in the dark. You're more likely to experience night blindness when your eyes transition from a bright environment to an area of low light, such as when you leave a sunny sidewalk to enter a dimly lit restaurant. You're likely to experience poor vision when driving due to the intermittent brightness of headlights and streetlights on the road.

How can I Prevent Night Blindness?
You can't prevent night blindness that's the result of birth defects or genetic conditions, such as Usher syndrome. You can, however, properly monitor your blood sugar level and eat a balanced diet to make night blindness less likely. 

Orange colored foods are excellent sources of vitamin A, including:

  1. Cantaloupes
  2. Sweet potatoes
  3. Carrots
  4. Pumpkins
  5. Butternut squash
  6. Mangoes

What are the Treatment Options for Night Blindness?
The treatment will depend on its causes.

  1. Nutrient deficiency (Vitamin A and Zinc) is the easiest to treat. 
  2. If the cause is cataract, you can go for cataract surgery to remove the clouded lens and replace it with artificial intraocular lens. Vision is usually dramatically improved after surgery
  3. For dry eye syndrome, lubricate your eyes with artificial tear drops as they provide instant relief. Just make sure that they are without preservatives. 
  4. Diabetic retinopathy can be prevented with tight control over blood sugar, active lifestyle and good dietary habits.
  5. As for retinitis pigmentosa, unfortunately there are no treatments available. Thankfully, new research is showing that vitamin A might have a slowing effect on the progression of this eye disease. Consult an Expert & get answers to your questions!
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How To Get Healthy Skin?

BHMS
Homeopath, Lucknow
How To Get Healthy Skin?

Skin is reflection of your overall health, so take care of it.

Tip 1: Minimal makeup
Ladies, can you please minimize makeup usage? It is really not necessary to always use a blush, concealer, foundation, mousse or whatever it is. It may add a fine coating to your skin making it glowing skin, but what about your real skin? Is it really glowing? No matter how expensive the brand is, it damages your skin to a large extent. We are not asking you to throw them off your shelf; keep those away for special days. The rest of the days, tone and moisturize your skin, use sunscreen. Let your skin breathe.

Tip 2: Face cleansing
This has been told by all beauty experts umpteen times when asked how to maintain healthy skin. Even if you are too tired after a long party, cleanse all dirt and makeup from your skin. Your face needs to be cleared of all the chemicals in makeup. The makeup acts as a tight mask on your face keeping your facial pores clogged. If you go to bed with all these makeup on, you’ll wake up the next morning with a huge embarrassing pimple.

Tip 3: Slather on sunscreen
Sunscreen is a must for your skin. The rays of the sun are harmful beyond thoughts. Skin cancer, premature aging, skin rashes all of these are caused when your skin gets too much exposure to the sun without any protection.
Use a big dollop of sunscreen with SPF on your face whenever you are going out to protect your skin of all the anomalies caused to your skin by the harmful sun rays. Do not care for the season or whether the sun is out today or it’s cloudy. Use sunscreen always. Beauty experts also advise using sunscreens even if you are at home or inside a car or even if you on a flight. Celebs swear by SPF measured sunscreen to keep skin healthy and free from any diseases or ugly tanning.

Tip 4: Exfoliating face
All the healthy skin tips for women say that you should exfoliate your face at least twice a week. Scrubbing your face will rid your facial skin of all the dead cells that might have clogged your pored leading to acne breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads. Scrubbing your face will also improve your complexion, adds a glow to your skin and also clears your skin of all toxins. Don’t keep your skin scrubbing daily, it will make your skin look even drier.

Tip 5: Moisturize
Yes, other than keeping yourself internally hydrated, also use a good moisturizer to feed your skin. Moisturizers do not add a great deal of moisture by themselves but they lock in the present moisture and are hence essential to keep your skin hydrated. After a bath, make it a routine to moisturize your face daily to keep it hydrated. Before bedtime, place a towel soaked in warm water on your face and keep for some time. This way the pores of your face will open allowing the moisturizer to soak into your skin.

Tip 6: Eat proper food to get healthy skin
Food provides life to your skin. Everything you eat in your everyday life contributes to a healthy skin. Only that you have to cut out on some and add some more.

a. Vitamin C rich foods:
Have fruits and veggies rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C manufactures collagen that is responsible for the firmness of your skin. So you quite well understand that lack of vitamin C in your diet will lead to the formation of wrinkles at an early age. Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant that prevents collagen damage. With Vitamin C rich foods in your diet, your skin will not suffer from dryness, wrinkles and fine lines around eyes or lips. Have all citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli and red peppers to tone up the younger look skin.

b. Vitamin A:
Who doesn’t want a smooth complexion? We all do, but for that we don’t need to spend thousands of bucks when we have the solution in our refrigerator. All red, orange and green leafy veggies are rich sources of beta-carotene (a form of Vitamin A). It is necessary for cell formation and therefore your skin surface stays smooth and touchable. Carotenoids also protect skin from sun. Turnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, squash all of these are rich sources of Vit A.

c. Healthy fats:
Nuts are fatty and are not good for health; that is a misconception. Of course nuts are fatty, but they are filled with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. This falls under that healthy category of fats that is essential for us. Have a handful of almonds and walnuts daily for a supple looking clear skin. Flax seeds are another good option to consume omega-3 fats. If you are a non-vegetarian, have salmon atleast twice a week. This fish is also rich in omega-3 fats.
The oil you cook your food in should also be taken care of. Switch over to olive oil which is a rich source of mono-unsaturated fats. It will bring a radiant glow to your skin.

d. Tomatoes:
Tomatoes doesn’t need a very special mention when it comes to healthy facial skin. They contain a magical ingredient called lypocene which is an anti-oxidant that helps fight old age. It can keep your skin at bay from all old age signs like wrinkles, dark spots and patches or saggy skin.

e. Zinc and iron:
Eggs, lean meat, oysters and cereals supply a good mount of zinc and iron to your body that imparts that much wanted celeb like glow. Zinc helps in cell production and natural weariness of dead cells giving your face a fresh look. Iron is needed to carry oxygen through the body that gives a blushy glow to your face.

f. Fibers:
If you are the one suffering from acne often, its time you think of including fiber-rich foods in your diet. One of the reasons for acne breakouts is indigestion. And the best solution discovered so far to improve your digestive system is having foods rich in fiber. Having whole-grain breads, brown rice, apples, bananas, oatmeal are proved solution to minimize acne.

g. Water:
Drink enough water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated. Do not allow your skin to feel thirsty. For a soft, supple and dewy look, water is a must. Follow this diet regime for a healthy skin and cut down on all fried and unhealthy fatty foods.

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Table of Content

Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Nutritional Value of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Health Benefits of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Rich in Vitamin B6
Rich source of ascorbic acid
Rich source of Vitamin D
Good source of iron
Generous amount of Magnesium
Rich in potassium
Contains choline
Minimises sugar absorption
Improves digestion
Promotes weight gain
High in antioxidants
Excellent source of Vitamin A
Uses of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Origin And Cultivation of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)