Kamote, The Underrated Rice Replacement
Mashed potato came to mind as a rice replacement, yet I wanted a cheap alternative and something easily found in the Philippines. Luckily, I found this “lowly” rice replacement.
When my blood sugar level became pre-diabetic, (Read: Body Mythconceptions: Revelations, Then & Now) I looked for ways to control spikes in my sugar level. For diabetics, rice was not a healthy option. I knew I had to give it up along with white bread. This was quite a challenge for me, as I loved rice in a country with rice as its staple. Every restaurant or canteen in the country serves rice.
I knew I had to stop eating rice, when I noticed my hands were sometimes numb and I was always dizzy and low on energy. Mashed potato came to mind as a rice replacement, yet I wanted a cheap alternative and something easily found in the country. Luckily, I found this “lowly” rice replacement: sweet potato or kamote. How could something so “poor” be so rich in nutrients?
Kamote is a nutrition powerhouse; it packs on Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and essential dietary fibers.
Kamote, or sweet potato, is known as a Filipino superfood. It is a root vegetable that is cheap (buy it in the palengke), easier to plant than rice, and available year-round. It is also a nutrition powerhouse; it packs on Vitamin A (for protection from daily toxic damage of oxidation), Vitamin B-6 (for preventing degenerative diseases), Vitamin C (for the immune system), potassium (for normal digestive and muscular function), iron (for healthy red blood cells), calcium (for strong bones, muscles, nerves and heart), magnesium (for energy production, nerve function and bone building) and essential dietary fibers.
With a cup of rice vs a cup of kamote, the latter has less calories (by almost half), less carbohydrates (by almost half as well) and more vitamins and minerals. Kamote is the clear winner. With a multitude of benefits, how can we still call kamote the “poor man’s diet”?