Smothered in marshmallows, baked in pies, served mashed and roasted, sweetpotatoes have long been a staple of the holiday table. Across, the globe, however, sweetpotato is much more than holiday side dish, it’s a vitamin-packed powerhouse that is helping turn the tide on hidden hunger. As little as 125 grams of biofortified orange-fleshed sweetpotato offers enough of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A to meet the dietary needs of a child under 5. It is also rich in vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorous magnesium, and iron.
Vitamin A deficiency is one of the most pernicious forms of malnutrition, resulting in blindness, stunting, and early death. It affects more than 43 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. The International Potato Center (CIP for its acronym in Spanish) works to develop biofortified varieties of orange-fleshed sweetpotato with the market preferred-traits farmers seek. As the sixth most important food crop in the world, sweetpotato offers a viable food-based solution to growing health and income.
This year as you prepare a holiday menu use some of our recipes to add a twist to your sweetpotato offerings. Take a bite out of sweetpotato and bite into health.