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The benefits of sweet potatoes.

If you’re looking for a vegetable that’s full of cancer-fighting antioxidants, sweet potatoes head the list. Sweet potatoes, or yams, contain generous amounts of beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, all of which are powerful antioxidants. These compounds are widely believed to help prevent cancer. They also fight cardiovascular disease, asthma and cataracts. And they taste good, too. Here in Louisiana we grow some of the best yams in the world, so they’re cost-effective and rarely in short supply. They can be prepared in a number of ways, but don’t overcook them. They can lose some of their nutritional value that way. Antioxidants are also available in supplement form. Ask your doctor or a licensed nutritionist which ones might be best for you.