Purple Sweet Potatoes: Superfood

Sweet Potato Chips with Sweet Potatoes

Whether it is baked potatoes, mashed potatoes or sweet potato chips, you should probably be eating more purple sweet potatoes. Listed #1 on Dr. Oz’s “5 Superfoods To Eat Now” in 2010, the purple sweet potato has health benefits that you just can’t get from other types of potatoes.

To start with, the purple sweet potato gets its vibrant color from the high level of naturally occurring antioxidants. Blueberries are known for their high level of antioxidants and purple sweet potatoes contain over 150% more of them than blueberries do. Antioxidants are known to help prevent cancer.

They are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and fiber, as well as vitamin b6, potassium and iron. As mentioned in the Dr. Oz article, they are also rich in beta-carotine. Test have been done showing that purple sweet potatoes have the ability to help regulate blood sugar and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

You can find a short video containing a number of documented benefits of the purple sweet potato here: Purple sweet potato.

Originally native to the Americas, the Purple Sweet Potato found it’s way to Japan where it is used in everything from main dishes to sweets to ice cream.¬†Also called the Okinawan Sweet Potato, it eventually made its way to Hawaii where it thrives in the volcanic soil.

Hawaii Island Gourmet has been using premium Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes to make our sweet potato chips since the first sweet potato chips were produced shortly after the company started in 1936. We still make them the same way using our time-tested techniques.

We don’t use any additives or preservatives in our chips. The great taste comes from quality Hawaiian grown purple sweet potatoes made to perfection.

Regardless of how you eat them, incorporating more purple sweet potatoes into your meals will give you a boost to your daily nutrition.