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Growing sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a rich source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. They’re an ideal low glycaemic index carbohydrate, making them an ideal alternative to starchy traditional potato for those who are seeking lower carbohydrate diets and diabetics.

Orange and purple sweet potatoes are particularly rich in antioxidants that prevent free radical damage, which is linked to chronic disease and premature ageing.

Sweet potatoes provide an excellent source of fibre for gut health too. They are rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre. Antioxidants in purple sweet potatoes have been shown to promote healthy gut bacteria, which are essential to prevent and avoid irritable bowel syndrome, and for optimal digestive function and immune system strength.

Orange sweet potatoes are a particularly good source of beta carotene, or vitamin A.

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