NEW YORK CITY, New York (NV) – Nutrition experts say that women often go through many hormonal changes in life, from puberty, pregnancy to menopause. That’s why it’s so important to eat healthy foods that are full of nutrients.
In the list of foods that can help balance hormones when women are 40 and older includes sweet potatoes, according to the website MindBodyGreen.
Changes inside the body when entering the age of 40
At this time, the levels of estrogen and progesterone begin to decrease and digestion also begins to slow down. Some foods you may have enjoyed eating before but gradually make you feel uncomfortable, full of stomach, especially foods that contain high amounts of starch.
However, sweet potatoes are an exception. Sweet potatoes have a lot of starch but are extremely healthy, good for the digestive process and eliminate waste from the body.
According to Dr. Aviva Room, author of “Botanical Medicines for Women’s Health,” sweet potatoes contain a particular type of carbohydrate that is beneficial for gut health. These carbohydrates will pass through the small intestine without being fully digested, but will convert to a resistant form when drifting to the colon, gradually fermenting and acting as a probiotic for digestion.
How to cook sweet potatoes?
One trick that nutritionists often recommend is to put sweet potatoes in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat when eating. This will help sweet potatoes increase the content of resistant starch, good for health.
In addition to good carbohydrates, sweet potatoes also contain many antioxidants and minerals that are good for women over 40, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium and manganese.
Besides eating sweet potatoes by boiling, you can also prepare sweet potato dishes such as baking sweet potatoes with olive oil and aromatic herbs, stir-fried sweet potatoes with beef, chicken; making snacks like fried sweet potatoes; or even make desserts like sweet potato cakes or sweet potato ice cream. (KD) [qd]
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