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IMMUNITY – Recipe #2 – Sweet Potato Crackers

“Some people think I look like a sweet potato, I consider myself a spud with a heart of gold” – Shirley MacLaine

This recipe was a happy accident in my kitchen, and I would love to share it with you. Because the crackers are dehydrated or slow cooked, the vitamins and minerals remain intact in high concentrations.

Sweet potatoes are sweet and delicious and often a staple in many households. They are easy to grow and inexpensive to buy. Containing high concentrations of both Vitamin C and Vitamin A the humble sweet potato can give you an immune boost. Some surprising health benefits are: -

1. Vitamin A is critical to a healthy immune system. It reduces gut inflammation and assists your immune system to respond to potential threats.

2. Rich in antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals, and therefore can reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.

3. High fibre content provides a variety of gut related benefits. The fibre helps to absorb water and to prevent constipation. Fermentation of the fibre in your gut promotes the growth of healthy bacteria which can be helpful with irritable bowel syndrome and infectious diarrhoea.

4. Anti-inflammatory properties help to prevent rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Antibacterial and antifungal properties assist in keeping skin clear and improving brain function. Could contribute to reducing risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

6. High in iron and the Vitamin C assists the body to absorb the iron out of the sweet potato.

Sweet potatoes really are spuds with hearts of gold.

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