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What are Sweet Potatoes, anyway?

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Potato, the common standout of every Indian household actually also happens to have a distant, more nutritious and underestimated cousin: Sweet Potato. Sweet potatoes contain Omega 3, unsaturated fats magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc and vitamins A, B, C, K and E.

This form of potato is known to be a power punch of natural, health benefitting compounds like that of beta-carotene and anthocyanin. Beta-carotene is known to diminish the danger of infections, cancer, cardiovascular illnesses, and age-related macular degeneration. Anthocyanin battles pigmentation and gives calming advantages to the skin. Vitamins A, B, and C have cell reinforcement properties that help fight the harms caused by free radicals.

The second most common name of sweet potatoes after sweet potato itself is ‘Shakarkandi’ (Hindi). Other names include ‘Chilakada Dumpa’ (Telugu), ‘Sarkaraivalli kizhangu’ (Tamil), ‘Madhurakkilannu’ (Malayalam), and ‘Ranga aloo’ (Bengal)

Let’s talk benefits!

1Treats Oily skin

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  • Boil sweet potatoes
  • Peel and mash once cool
  • Add a spoonful of honey and lemon (optional); mix well
  • Apply the paste to your face
  • Let sit for 20-30 mins
  • There, glowing, oil-free skin at home!
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