Electrical Charge Boosts Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of a type of antioxidant called polyphenols. Polyphenols are thought to help control damaging free radicals, which have been linked to the development of certain cancers and diseases. Now new research from the University of Ryukyus, Nishihara in Japan has found that sending an electrical current through the potatoes can boost levels of the naturally contained antioxidants by nearly 60 percent. The electrical charge causes polyphenols to be released from the fibers within the potato. With or without electrical charge, however, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. More here.

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