I have been seriously craving some taquitos lately, but I wanted to find a vegetarian recipe that didn’t use refried beans as the base for the tortilla. Who knew that mashed sweet potatoes would act as the perfect substitute!?
Over the weekend I was describing this recipe to a friend of mine, after I had brought in left-over taquitos to eat for my lunch at work. We were chatting about the high Vitamin A content found in sweet potatoes, and she asked me whether or not this nutrient is lost if you get rid of the water after boiling the potato. Short answer: Nope! Since Vitamin A is one of the four fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), this nutrient will not be lost after discarding the water used in the cooking process.
Sweet potatoes actually contain a pro-vitamin and antioxidant called Beta Carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A in the body through a series of reactions. When most people think of Vitamin A, typically carrots come to mind, but interestingly, sweet potatoes contain a higher amount of Vitamin A per serving than carrots. As you may have heard before, Vitamin A is helpful for maintaining healthy skin, maintaining good vision and for preventing night blindness.
For those of you out there who are blind-as-a-bat without their glasses like I am, let’s all take cheers to this information and introduce some sweet potatoes into our lives! Enjoy!
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