Monday, July 7, 2008

Salty Sweet Fries

If there's one thing I ask of you, it is that you go to the store, buy a sweet potato, chop it up and fry it in a pan with some olive oil, brown sugar and salt until it looks right. You will never go back to plain fries ever again.

Jon and I made some last weekend with no direction what-so-ever and it was easier than boiling water. And much more delicious!

According to nutritionists at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the single most important dietary change for most people, including children, would be to replace fatty foods with foods rich in complex carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes.

CSPI ranked the sweet potato number one in nutrition of all vegetables. With a score of 184, the sweet potato outscored the next highest vegetable by more than 100 points. Points were given for content of dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars and complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Points were deducted for fat content (especially saturated fat), sodium, cholesterol, added refined sugars and caffeine. The higher the score, the more nutritious the food.

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