Freshly-cooked sweet potatoes are an excellent source of nutrients, says Dr Nasir Nawasreh, specialist, family medicine at Bareen International Hospital – MBZ City.

‘Sweet potato is rich in beta-carotene, which can prevent macular degeneration. [It can] also reduce risks of eye infections in seniors. The skin of the sweet potato is rich in fibre, which is useful to promote a slow digestive system and in relieving constipation.’

It also prompts the slower release of sugars that help seniors control blood glucose levels.