Hello beautiful people, I bumped into this “Are Japanese Potatoes the Fountain of Youth?” (by Alexia Dellner) online today.
Guess what; it’s the local sweet potatoes in our local market.
We’re no stranger to using food in the pursuit of beauty.
But when we heard that X-Men star Olivia Munn eats a Japanese potato (sweet potatoes) every day to maintain her youthful complexion
we were seriously intrigued. So we turned to registered dietitian Robin Barrie Kaiden for her take on the tubular trend.
First, some background:
Native to Japan (but also grown in Nigeria and in the U.S.), these purple potatoes and can be cooked by boiling, roasting, and frying.
Munn revealed that she likes to roast hers with olive oil and cinnamon and enjoy it as a dessert.
Trust us Naija, we will eat it with better pepper sauce or vegetable or even with beans potage.
But will chowing down on one a day, like she does, give us that Hollywood glow?
“Japanese sweet potatoes are high in fiber,” says Kaiden.
“Fiber improves digestion, helps rid the body of waste and decreases inflammation, all which is great for the skin,” she adds.
They’re also nutritional powerhouses when it comes to vitamin C, which “protects the skin from environmental pollutants and toxins;
as well as aids in collagen production.”
And that’s not all.
Kaiden also tells us that these purple tubers contain almost 400 percent of your body’s daily needs of vitamin A,
which helps promote cell turnover and prevent acne.
But since vitamin A is fat soluble, you’ll want to eat these guys with a healthy source of fat;
like olive oil or avocado, to aid absorption.
But this all being said, Japanese potatoes (sweet potatoes) are not a ‘magic bullet’ that will make your skin perfect.
Like any skin-boosting food (looking at you, omega-rich salmon and antioxidant-loaded berries),
what you eat is only part of the puzzle.
A nutritious, balanced diet that’s high in fruits and vegetables (including sweet potatoes) can definitely help with skin health.
Don’t expect any miracles, but hey—if it works for Olivia, it might be worth a shot.