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If you want to lose weight and lessen your white rice intake, which is supposed to be bad if you are pre-diabetic or suffering from high blood pressure, then you may want to try the humble sweet potato, specifically the orange variety. For Filipinos, sweet potato or “kamote” is considered a poor man’s diet or just another ingredient in halo-halo or your grandmother’s ginataan dessert.
Unknown to some, orange sweet potato is packed with complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins including the B-complex group. In fact, orange sweet potato has more potassium than rice. This is very good for males who are more prone to potassium deficiency. Active males and those who are building muscles or trying to look lean and cut should seriously consider adding orange sweet potato to their diet. You may even replace white rice with steamed orange sweet potatoes.
I usually just buy two medium-size pieces of orange sweet potatoes. I peel and cut them in small pieces and put them in a glass bowl. Before my folks steam their rice, I place the clean bowl on top of the uncooked rice and just wait. You do not really need to wait for the rice to be cooked. In just 10 to 15 minutes, the sweet potatoes are done, especially if you cut them thinly. Let it cool a bit before eating.
Just as it is, the steamed orange sweet potato is tasty enough. Most importantly, it is filling and you will not feel hungry for some time. Because orange sweet potatoes contain complex carbohydrates, these root vegetables improve digestion, lower cholesterol in the blood, and normalizes blood sugar level.
I regularly eat steamed orange sweet potatoes in the morning, alternating them with eggs and rice everyday. Sometimes, I just have steamed orange sweet potatoes for breakfast for a whole week. Coupled with regular exercises and a balance diet, I lost weight gradually and I did not feel deprived. My waistline went from 33.5 to 31 inches. Definitely, eating just orange sweet potato is not enough. You need to have a balance diet as well.
Still, never ignore this root vegetable. As an added bonus, orange sweet potato does wonder to your skin because this vegetable has much beta-carotene. Lastly, if you think eating “kamote” is not “sosyal,” just go to Trinoma Supermarket and listen as super rich sexy girls ask sellers, “Excuse me, do you have, like, orange cah-moe-tei?” Enough said. (By Rob San Miguel)