When I was being extra strict with my diet, I only allowed myself to eat a handful of foods, and this was one that gave me no problems.
Rice, wheat, corn, (potatoes sometimes), and any other processed grain do not help when you are suffering with acne.
Many people have difficulties eating healthies, however, because they feel restricted, and do not know what “safe” foods are out there and possible to eat.
That is why I am going to introduce you to the glorious food: sweet potatoes.
They are delicious, and if you feel like you are someone who needs carbohydrates to function than sweet potatoes are a great option. They can give you a solid serving of low glycemic load carbs to help power you through the day.
Sweet potatoes contain fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and many other essential vitamins and minerals. They contain a decent amount of magnesium, niacin, vitamin B6, copper, and manganese.
I am a big supporter of magnesium, as it has been shown in studies to lower insulin resistance (one hypothesis states that insulin resistance is a major acne contributor).
Of course high glycemic load causes insulin spikes, and the low/moderate glycemic load of sweet potatoes gives you those brain fuel carbs without the crazy crashes. There have been tangential studies showing that sweet potatoes help to even stabilize blood sugar.
Additionally, sweet potatoes are high in the antioxidant beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is the pigment that gives sweet potatoes their natural orange hue. Beta-carotene has been shown to help with vision, respiration, and skin health. One study in Korea even found that sweet potatoes may improve brain function!
Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to white potatoes, which have a large glycemic load and are filled with alkaloids. Alkaloids are natural toxins made by nightshade platns (like white potatoes, peppers, tomatoes) that can irritate the human gut and potentially cause inflammation. Importantly, sweet potatoes naturally do not produce alkaloids.
Sweet potatoes are super easy to make too. Many supermarkets sell them already cut into cubes which is great. If not, simply take your sweet potato, peel off the skin, and cut the sweet potato with a knife or spoon.
You can then either bake the sweet potato by putting it in the oven, not pre heating, and setting the temperature to 450 for 30 minutes.
Or you can boil the sweet potato in boiling water for 15-20 minutes.
Boiling is more healthy because it lowers the glycemic load, but either option really gives you great nutrition.
I hope you enjoy your sweet potatoes and make them a part of a healthy diet!
Let me know about comments or recipes below!!