Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Camote Tops

Kamote Tops or Sweet Potato Tops is one of the healthiest local green vegetable that can be found anywhere here in the Philippines.

Kamote Tops

I bought 3 bunches today. Fresh from the market. 1 bunch I plan to add to my sinigang, another as vegetable salad and the next as a juice drink. Yup, as juice drink. Again as juice drink. When I was a kid my dad would always boil lots of Camote tops harvested from our yard. It was really good, a great substitute for instant fruit juices. Being one of the healthiest greens around, now I know why throughout my 31 years I didn't get sick and not a visit to the hospital. True, first time I laid on a hospital bed was when I gave birth. Same with my siblings, none of us got seriously sick. And with discipline we like to continue this lifestyle until we get old.

Kamote Salad

 Camote Salad
Steamed, blanched or boiled then drained. Seasoned with Calamondin juice and a little salt. Mixed with chopped red tomatoes and white onions.

Health Benefits of Camote Tops:
1. Sweet potato tops are excellent sources of antioxidative compounds,
mainly polyphenolics, which may protect the human body from oxidative
stress that is associated with many diseases including cancer and
cardiovascular diseases.

2. Sweet potato greens have the highest content of
total polyphenolics among other commercial vegetables studied.

3. Sweet potatoes contain protein, dietary fiber, lipid, and essential
minerals and nutrients such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium,
potassium, sulfur, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, aluminum and boron.

4. Sweet potatoes are also important sources of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin,
niacin and ascorbic acid." -source-
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