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Smile Sweet Potato Pecan Quick Bread

Sweet Potato Pecan Quick Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates or raisins
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes

Grease bottom of a loaf pan approximately 9- x 5- x 3-inches. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt and spices in mixing bowl; stir in the sugar, pecans, and raisins or dates. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, applesauce, milk, and mashed sweet potatoes; stir to blend well. Add wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix with a large spoon just until the mixture is moistened. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 325° for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and
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This sounds like a GREAT recipe, Mary and I plan to try this one. Just in case some of you didn't know, here are some healthy benefits from sweet potatoes!

Sweet Potatoes Are Highly Nutritious

Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, B vitamins, potassium and even iron. In fact, sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. A medium sized sweet potato contains more than your daily requirement of vitamin A, nearly a third the vitamin C you need, almost 15 percent of your daily dietary fiber intake and 10 percent of the necessary potassium. Sweet potatoes may even protect cigarette smokers and those who live with them from emphysema by virtue of its vitamin A, as cigarette smoke creates a deficiency of this vitamin. This deficiency may be one of the causes of emphysema. Quitting smoking would be best, but eating plenty of sweet potatoes while you work on a quit just may save your life.

Healthy Antioxidants are Plentiful in Sweet Potatoes

Antioxidants abound in sweet potatoes, which also have anti-inflammatory properties. The beta-carotene and vitamin C in sweet potatoes work together to rid the body of cancer-friendly free radicals. Free radicals are necessary for some biological functions, including vascular tone control. BUT. . .free radicals can also cause damage in reactions with DNA, and antioxidants work to lessen and then repair damage caused by free radical exchanges. Vitamins A and C are also anti-inflammatories, and help to make sweet potatoes an wonderful food for those who suffer from arthritis or asthma.

Great for Diabetics, As Sweet Potatoes Have a Low Glycemic Index

Diabetics can eat sweet potatoes without worry as thesy have a low glycemic index. The glycemic index of a food reveals the food's effects on a person's blood glucose level. Fast glucose absorption, a rise in blood sugar and blood sugar dive later happens with high-glycemic foods. It's better for your body to slowly absorb any gluclose, experience a moderate rise in sugar levels and a gradual return to the regular level. Since white potatoes, rice and flour have high glycemic ratings, diabetics will benefit from eating sweet potatoes instead.

Go Organic

Commercially grown sweet potatoes are often treated with chemicals after harvest and need to be peeled before eating. Organically grown sweet potatoes are free from the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and inorganic sprays. You can eat organic sweet potatoes with their skins, which contain nutrients. You might even consider growing your own sweet potatoes if you have a garden plot or even large containers for small-space food growing.

Watch Out for Oxalates

If you suffer from kidney or gallbladder ailments, talk with your doctor or health care professional about a recommended intake of sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes contain a small amount of oxalates, which in high concentrations can cause kidney damage. Those with a healthy digestive tract will be better able to absorb the nutrients of sweet potatoes without suffering ill effects. But, you prolly don't have to worry about the oxalates unless you're consuming a LOT of sweet potatoes!
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