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Sweet Potato Root

Sweet Potato Root: The National Cancer Society cites sweet potatoes as an excellent food to aid in the prevention of several types of cancer. Sweet potato has been classified as an “antidiabetic” food because it helped stabilize blood sugar levels and lowered insulin resistance in animal studies. Conclusive evidence by researchers shows a relationship between a high fiber diet and lower chances of colorectal cancer. Insoluble fiber moves potential carcinogens through the intestines faster decreasing their contact time with the colon wall. Soluble fiber absorbs bile acids stopping them from acting on bacteria to produce fecapentanes, the cancerous substances that are formed by decaying foods within the colon. There are about 20 of these compounds that can mutate colon cells into cancerous cells. Fiber also promotes the growth of healthy bacteria that crowd out unhealthy bacteria that produce fecapentanes. Soluble plant fiber absorbs many times its weight in water resulting in softer, bulkier stools, which helps prevent constipation and straining. This can help relieve or avoid hemorrhoids. More bulk means less pressure on the colon which helps IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and diverticulosis (defects in the weakened wall of the colon. Digestive disorders may be avoided, halted or even reversed by simply following a high fiber diet. Fiber appears to be important in treating diabetes, elevated cholesterol and colon polyps. 

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