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I've been eating a strict Paleo diet for 2 years, and am probably the biggest fan (maybe consumer too) of sweet potatoes outside the North Carolina big sweet potato lobby (which I assume exists).
The book is a unique and playful blend of two genres - cook books, and Paleo diet books that stimulates the reader both in the kitchen, and to reflect on life habits. I've read just about every book about high carb, low carb, fats, calories, Paleo, Zone, and the like, and Sweet Potato Power really fills a unique spot. There are very few books out there that are bold enough to try to bridge the gap between the science of digestion, nutrition, evolution, and every day cooking, and wellness. If you are one of the 99% of us who doesn't read the encyclopedia Britannica for fun, but wants to understand the big scientific and nutritional rocks that affect our health and wellness, and put these into practice in the form of self-experimentation, and the most exquisite and thoughtful recipes around, then this is a great book for you.
Things that really stood out:
* Hands down the most definitive collection of delicious (and beautifully presented) sweet potato recipes around. I've eaten every form of sweet potato I can, around the entire world (literally 4 continents) from ben imo to the American "yam" // my personal favorite is the Satsuma Imo. Sweet Potato Power has introduced a versatility to my favorite food that has renewed it's place in my diet. I'm the kind of guy that will eat a baked sweet potato in my hands walking down the street for practical nutrition on my way to the gym. My wife is the kind of person that for some reason doesn't always want to eat sweet potatoes and bacon walking down the street.Read more ›
Since reading Sweet Potato Power, I have incorporated a sweet potato a day into my diet. In just two weeks I have already noticed a difference. I'm less hungry between meals, have increased energy throughout the day, am less moody, and have faster recovery from CrossFit workouts and long runs. My wallet is happier too - because potatoes are inexpensive.
There are a plethora of sweet potato recipes in this book. The sweet potato cupcakes were blissfully tasty. I am looking forward to trying the sweet potato sports gel. I am running the Miwok 100K in two weeks and I plan to have the gels on hand and sweet potatoes waiting for me in my drop bags.
Sweet Potato Power is a 10/10 - a non-pretentious, intelligent, and accessible guide to take charge of your health.
Beta-carotene is one of about 600 known carotenoids, many of which are a boon to human health. Carotenoids have been shown to possibly (I say possibly, because surprisingly little has been proven with nutrition) help with lowering plaque, helping eyesight, healthier skin and a host of other real and potential gains. There are other phytonutrients in the lowly sweet potato that look to be beneficial, too. Yet, about all we're told is that sweet potatoes have beta-carotene. And there's not even a mention that the best source of that nutrient comes from dark yellow or orange sweet potatoes. White ones have little. In fact, the entire sweet potato specific nutrition information contained in the book could be found in a 5 minute Google search.
The book covers mostly insulin response and the associated health problems that arise when the insulin system gets messed up. This is helpful information and addresses one of the biggest health problems faced by much of the industrialized world. However, sweet potatoes are just a plot device. The paleo diet is the real star of the story. Oh, we get references to the lowly vegetable in phrases like, "Eat healthy carbohydrates, like those in the sweet potato," and similar platitudes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book is a great starting point for people curious about whole food diets and their role in metabolism. Read morePublished 21 months ago by S
Everything you didn't know you didn't know about the orange spud.Published 23 months ago by Donna A
I picked this book up because my wife is a vegetarian and I am not, so finding something that she'll eat is a challenge for me. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Jon B.
I expected a book claiming magical powers for sweet potatoes and got a book that goes much further than that. Read morePublished on October 24, 2013 by Herbert A. Wade
It's a brilliant, beautiful and eminently readable book about how to track and optimize your health. Read morePublished on September 29, 2013 by Raisa Portland
Like a sweet potato, this book is the perfect blend. I love how she explains hormonal and dietary systems in an easy to read, easy to digest and how she provides an outline for a... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Violeta Breitbart
Easy to read and informative book with some great information and tips on trying to eat healthier. All of America should read this book and learn about insulin and the role it has... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by JimLahey
Lots of good information about smart carb sweet potatoes. I use this as a reference and recipe resource book. I like the book form better than on my Kindle; I bought both.Published on June 21, 2013 by Lois
This book offers some delicious sweet potato based recipes that are ideal for those who are following a paleo or gluten-free style diet. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Krissy J
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